Near Dayton, NV - The Nevada Highway Patrol has not yet released the names of the four people killed in a fiery crashed on Highway 50 Tuesday morning, but we now have the names of three people hurt in the crash. The collision happened just before 9:00 am east of Dayton and involved three vehicles. Two of them were transporting cattle.
The fire from the crash was so hot it melted two pickups together. As the mangled pile of metal sat in the middle of the highway, investigators collected evidence and tried to figure out what caused the crash.
What they do know is two pickups - both carrying cattle trailers - were heading eastbound near Caroline Way when troopers believe the driver of the first truck felt his trailer fishtail.
"He lost control of his steering and wandered into the opposing travel lane where he struck the westbound truck head on," says Trooper Chuck Allen, spokesperson for NHP.
All three victims in that westbound pickup died, as well as the driver in the truck that hit them. Three other people were hurt. They are 19-year-old Daniel Holley, his father, 47-year-old Robert, and and his sister, 9-year-old Anna. All are from Dayton. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to the NHP.
The trailer came off that first truck and struck the truck behind it, sending its trailer off the road. Eight cows escaped, but one died on the highway.
But the trailer that initially came off the first truck stayed intact. All the cows inside were safe.
NHP shut down the portion of the highway for more than 6 hours, but crews were able to create two makeshift travel lanes on the side so that traffic could still get through.
Officials say they were able to round up all of the cows that had escaped. They will be looking into what caused that first trailer to fishtail, but weight may have played a role.