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Truck driver hurt in crash that closed key Las Vegas freeway

August 17, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A key freeway heading into downtown Las Vegas was closed for several hours Tuesday after a crash involving two semitrailer trucks left one driver injured.

Las Vegas firefighters said it took about 30 minutes to extricate the driver, who was hospitalized after the crash a little before 9 a.m. on northbound U.S. 95.

Traffic from Henderson to Las Vegas backed up for several miles and authorities said motorists were diverted off the freeway at Boulder Highway until about 1:30 p.m.

Fire officials reported a fuel leak and photos provided by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue showed a load of decorative rocks spilled from one trailer.

The closure affected the freeway heading into the busy Spaghetti Bowl interchange and Interstate 15.

Southbound traffic lanes in the area remained open.