STAGECOACH, NV - Four people killed in a fiery crash involving a trailer hauling livestock in northern Nevada on U.S. Highway 50 east of Dayton have been identified.
The driver of the GMC pickup, 47-year-old Troy Sibson, and his two passengers, 52-year-old Noel (Mike) Sotka and Douglas (Jason) Counterman were hit head-on and killed Tuesday when a trailer hauling livestock veered into oncoming traffic on US 50.
The driver of the Dodge truck towing livestock, 19-year-old Daniel Holley, was burned and is getting skin grafts at UC Davis. His passenger, 18-year-old Ford Tucker, died at the scene. Two passengers of the Ford pickup following, 47-year-old Robert L. Holley of Dayton (Daniel’s father), and 9-year-old Anna Holley (Daniel’s sister), were transported by ground ambulance to Renown with minor to moderate injuries. They are now recovering at home.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen says the multiple-vehicle crash and explosion happened just after 9AM Tuesday near Stagecoach about 10 miles east of Dayton.
According to NHP, Daniel was driving a Dodge pick-up pulling a double-axle livestock trailer carrying 8 young steers or heifers heading eastbound on the two-lane highway. Daniel's father and young sister were following right behind in a 1995 Ford F-250 towing a white livestock trailer carrying 7 full grown cows.
Heading westbound approaching the Dodge truck was a GMC crew cab pick-up driven by Sibson towing a 2-axle flatbed trailer transporting a piece of equipment labeled as an electric scissor lift.
According to witnesses, Daniel veered into the oncoming lane, possibly because the livestock trailer was swerving back and forth or fishtailing. The front of his Dodge struck the left front portion of the GMC pickup in the westbound travel lane. Upon colliding, both pickups caught fire while the green livestock trailer pulled by Daniel's father following behind, separated or became unhitched from the truck.
The green trailer struck the concrete barrier on the north roadway edge and then veered into the eastbound lane where it struck the eastbound white Ford pickup. The Ford pickup and white trailer remained hitched and skidded off the south roadway edge. The white trailer remained upright while the Ford rolled over onto its right side.
Daniel's passenger in the Dodge pickup and all 3 occupants of the GMC pickup died at the scene.
The highway was reopened in both directions around 4:30 p.m. after several hours of closure following the accident in the area about 25 miles east of Carson City.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.