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State police: Wrong-way crash kills 4 on Vegas-area freeway

January 11, 2022 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada state police say a car being driven the wrong way on a freeway in metro Las Vegas’ southern outskirts caused a six-vehicle crash that killed four people and injured two others.

The crash occurred Monday evening on southbound Interstate 15 between Sloan and Jean and started when the wrong-way car collided head-on with a pickup carrying three people who were all killed along with the wrong-way car’s driver, state police said.

Trooper Ashlee Wellman said a big rig, two cars and a pickup also were involved in the crash and that the two cars’ drivers were injured and hospitalized in stable condition. The other drivers weren’t injured, she said.

No identities were released.

Evidence at the scene indicated that alcohol may have been a factor in causing the crash, Wellman said.

The freeway’s southbound lanes reopened Tuesday morning after being closed overnight during the investigation.