Carson City man hurt in Airport Road wreck
A Carson City man was flown to Renown for treatment with incapacitating injuries after two pickups collided at the intersection of Airport Road and Highway 395 on Tuesday night.
According to the initial investigation, the collision occurred at 5:02 p.m. when a 1989 maroon Chevrolet pickup pulled into the intersection and into the path of a northbound 1991 Nissan pickup.
The Nissan’s driver, Carson City resident Jose Gallegos-Viramontes, 35, was able to brake, skidding into the left side of the larger pickup, driven by Gardnerville resident Jonathon Poell, 34, according to NHP Trooper Duncan Dauber.
A deputy, who was first on scene, reported Gallegos-Viramontes said he had neck and chest pain as a result of the collision.
It took rescuers 15 minutes to free Gallegos-Viramontes from the wreckage of his vehicle. He was transported by East Fork ambulance to Sunridge, where Care Flight helicopter flew him for treatment.
Poell was not injured in the wreck.
Both men were reportedly wearing their seat belts, and Dauber said impairment is not suspected as a cause of the wreck.
Douglas County has asked the Nevada Department of Transportation to place a traffic signal at the intersection, which has been the scene of several similar incidents over the past few years.
The state has approved moving the right turn lane on Highway 395 east so vehicles using it to turn aren’t blocking Airport Road drivers’ view of motorists on the highway.
According to the county, the intersection meets the necessary warrants for a traffic signal. County and Douglas school district drivers use the light at Johnson Lane to make left turns onto the highway.