Man in highway prompts accidents |

Man in highway prompts accidents

Staff Reports

A man standing in the middle of Highway 395 in Bodie Flat caused an accident on Friday morning, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Reported at 7:04 a.m., a driver in a northbound Saturn saw the man, and ran off the road to avoid him. The driver, Kelly Spears of Gardnerville, pulled back onto the road and stopped in the travel lane.

The driver of a black Ford pickup, Valerie Harrell of Wellington saw the incident and stopped in the northbound lane.

A P.T. Cruiser driven by Gardnerville resident John Cody didn’t see the pickup stop, and struck it from the rear.

Both Cody and Harrell received minor injuries in the accident, Trooper Dan Lopez said.

By the time authorities arrived at the accident, the man was gone. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies who were looking for the man were told he’d reportedly been picked up by a passing motorist.

■ A Gardnerville man avoided a head-on collision on Thursday morning on Highway 395 near Ray May Way when a 2008 Mercedes Benz drifted into his lane.

Philip Hatley, 52, was northbound in a Toyota Prius when the Mercedes, driven by Incline Village resident Peter John Vandyck, 76, drifted into his lane, Lopez said.

The Mercedes collided with the left side of the Prius, sideswiping it.

“It hit the front quarter panel. If he’d stayed in the lane it would have been a different story,” Lopez said.

Hatley was able to maintain control despite two flat tires on the side and brought the Toyota to a safe stop at the entrance to Ray May Way. The accident was reported at 9:10 a.m.

The driver of a red Volkswagen drove off the road to avoid the accident and became stuck. No one was transported from the scene of the accident.