DOUGLAS COUNTY, NV - Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol-Major Accident Investigation Team are still piecing together the seven-car crash that injured five on US 395 near Jacks Valley Road in Douglas County Monday afternoon.
The accident happened on US 395 shortly after 1 p.m. when a yellow 2001 Freightliner tractor pulling an empty 53-foot trailer, driven by 38-year-old Martin L. Preciado of Barstow, California, failed to stop at a red light at Jacks Valley Road causing a major pile-up.
Preciado applied the brakes and slammed into the rear of a green 1992 Honda Civic 2-door that was in the left of the two southbound lanes, driven by 50-year-old Miguel E. Nunez of Reno.
Nunez was airlifted from the scene by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in critical condition. His current medical condition is unknown at this time.
The big rig also slammed into the rear of a green 1995 Ford Explorer, driven by 55-year-old Carlin M. Kempton of Gardnerville that was in the right lane adjacent to the Honda Civic. Passengers in the SUV were her mother and son; 81-year-old Billie M. Hawks of Gardnerville, and 26-year-old Jonathan H. Kempton.
Kempton was airlifted to Carson Tahoe Hospital while her mother was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center. Kempton and her son have both been released from the hospital and her mother has been upgraded to fair condition.
The only other injury reported in the seven-car collision involving a total of eleven motorists was by Judith D. Marek, 71, of Carson City.
She was the right front passenger riding in the silver 2001 Buick 4-door sedan driven by her husband, Claude E. Marek. She and her husband were able to drive away from the scene.
The collision resulted in both southbound lanes to be closed for over 4 hours.
Witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact Trooper Mike Stapledon @ (775) 689-4623 or Trooper Jennifer Stewart at the NHP Carson City substation at (775) 684-7280 or the DPS-Communications Center in Carson City @ (775) 687-0400 regarding case # NHP-1105160845.