Three injured in collision at Airport Road |

Three injured in collision at Airport Road

Rescuers cut the victims of an accident at Airport Road and Highway 395. Photo by Kurt Hildebrand

The fifth accident in seven months at the intersection of Highway 395 and Airport Road resulted in three people going to the hospital on Thursday.

A Gardnerville woman, Sabrina Finley, 26, was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Highway 395 at about 4:48 p.m. when she was struck broadside by a northbound GMC Acadia.

The Acadia, driven by Modesto resident David Aced, 71, collided with the Tracker knocking it over onto its side.

Finley and a passenger in the Acadia, Susan Aced, had to be cut from the wreckage, and was helicoptered to Renown Regional Medical Center by Care Flight.

The Acadia’s driver was taken to Renown by East Fork medics. The northbound lanes were closed for a short time while Care Flight landed on the highway.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Barbara Stapleton said the northbound fast lane on Highway 395 was closed for 90 minutes, through the evening commute. Traffic was backed up going both ways while the accident was cleared. Stapleton said Finley was cited for failure to yield.

The intersection at Airport Road and Highway 395 has been the scene of several accidents involving a vehicle pulling out from Airport Road to turn south onto Highway 395.

The last accident on March 28, occurred when a Gardnerville man swerved to miss a vehicle that pulled out from Airport Road. Similar injury accidents occurred in November, December and January. A fatal accident caused by someone pulling out onto the highway before it was clear occurred at the intersection in July 2011.

County employees on official business are prohibited from making a left turn onto Highway 395 from Airport Road.

Douglas County School District buses take Heybourne Road north to Johnson Lane to make a left turn at the light in order to avoid the intersection.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is examining the intersection to determine if it warrants a traffic signal like those at Johnson Lane and Stephanie Way.