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Gardnerville man killed in three-vehicle crash near Zephyr Cove

A Gardnerville man died in a three-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 50.
A Gardnerville man died in a three-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 50.(Nevada Highway Patrol)
Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 4:54 PM PST
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - A Gardnerville man died Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on US-50 between Marla Bay and Zephyr Cove.

It happened around 5 p.m. March 7, 2021.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the driver of a Subaru Impreza was heading eastbound in the right lane on U.S. 50 approaching a Toyota Tacoma pickup which was heading eastbound in the left lane. The driver of the Subaru entered the left lane and hit the right rear of the Tacoma.

Investigators said both vehicles overturned into the westbound lanes. The Tacoma landed on the hood of a Toyota Corolla in the westbound lanes.

The driver of the Tacoma, 52-year-old Rafael Cortez, was declared dead at the scene. Cortez’s passenger sustained severe injuries and was taken to Reno via CareFlight.

The driver of the Subaru was also taken to Reno via CareFlight.

The people in the Corolla were treated at the scene. NHP said impairment is suspected in the crash.

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