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I-15 reopens at Jean following wrong-way driver crash

Updated March 11, 2022 - 11:27 am

A vehicle crash involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 15 closed northbound lanes at Jean for several hours on Friday.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said at 5:01 a.m. that the crash occurred near mile marker 12.

“All (northbound) lanes are blocked,” the commission said in a tweet. “Northbound traffic has to exit at Jean.”

Nevada Highway Patrol spokeswoman Ashlee Wellman said at 2:46 a.m. troopers received a report of a wrong-way driver at I-15 and St. Rose Parkway.

“A reported blue F-150 traveling southbound in the northbound lanes,” Wellman said. “The Ford went head-on with a semi at I-15 just north of Jean causing the semi to catch fire.”

The tractor trailer came to rest in the far left travel lane and inside shoulder of the highway. The F-150 ended up in the far right travel lane.

“Both drivers were transported to University Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries,” Wellman said, adding impairment is suspected for the driver of the Ford.

“Both are male adults and no passengers,” Wellman said of the drivers.

A traffic camera showed the tractor trailer overturned on the highway blocking all three lanes. The pickup was destroyed.

All lanes of the interstate were reopened shortly after 10 a.m.

Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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