Brothers Seriously Injured in I-80 Construction Crash

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SPARKS, Nev. - Two brothers are seriously injured after they drove their car through a construction zone on I-80 east at Pyramid Way Monday, hitting a worker in the process.

NHP Trooper Chuck Allen says around 11:36 a.m., the driver, 19-year-old Ateeq Paul, drove his 2-door Subaru into the work zone at a high rate of speed between an area where a truck and trailer were parked and the temporary concrete barrier separating the shoulder and the left eastbound travel lane. Paul drove the Subaru into sections of the concrete barrier, while the left side of the car peeled back the fender of the utility trailer and scraped or side-swiped the right side of the truck. But it did not stop there.

Paul continued until he struck the back of another parked flatbed truck and 24-year-old construction worker Cameron Owens. Owens never saw the men coming as he was hit from behind, only injuring his leg.

Both the driver and his brother, 24-year-old Suneet Paul, had to be extricated from their vehicle by Sparks Fire Department personnel. They were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance.

Ateeq, the driver, is in critical condition while the elder brother has serious injuries. Troopers are at the hospital to ascertain if any type of impairment was a contributing factor to this crash.

No decision has been made on possible charges.