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Impairment suspected in McCarran airport tunnel crash now cleared

Updated January 4, 2021 - 9:14 am

Commuters headed to the airport Monday morning encountered some restricted driving because of a crash in the airport connector tunnel.

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Las Vegas police and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said the southbound lanes of the tunnel connecting McCarran International Airport to Interstate 215 were closed just prior to 5 a.m. due to a vehicle crash. The tunnel was reopened by 7:20 a.m.

Las Vegas police Lt. David Gordon said a single-vehicle crash took place in the airport tunnel at 4:42 a.m.

“The driver was taken to the hospital to be checked,” Gordon said. “Impairment is suspected.”

After that crash, the Nevada Highway Patrol was called to the scene for a second, related crash involving a vehicle that slowed for the first crash. No injuries were reported in that case.

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