Driver dies after ramming double-decker bus in south Las Vegas

Updated January 11, 2018 - 9:11 am

One man was killed Wednesday night after his sedan crashed into the back of a double-decker bus in the south Las Vegas Valley.

The crash was called in just before 10 p.m., after the crash on Flamingo Road near U.S. Highway 95, according to Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Buratczuk.

The Regional Transportation Commission bus was stopped at a red light on the eastbound side of Flamingo when the sedan crashed into it, Buratczuk said. Highway Patrol investigators did not find any skid marks or signs that the man tried to brake before hitting the bus.

The driver of the sedan was killed, but none of the 11 people on the RTC bus was injured. The Clark County coroner’s office identified the driver Thursday as 31-year-old Nelson Martinez.

Buratczuk said the driver of the sedan was believed to be impaired, and was not wearing a seat belt. Instead, the man had buckled the seat belt and then sat on it.

The man’s death marks the fifth fatal crash Highway Patrol has investigated this year. In 2016 there were 60 fatal crashes on Nevada highways involving people who were not wearing seatbelts, Buratczuk said.

Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Blake Apgar contributed to this story.

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