Four dead after a trailer explosion in Lyon County

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Updated: 8/15/2012 6:01 pm
UPDATE: 4:45pm - The crash investigation details learned so far indicate that a 1989 Dodge pick pulling a double-axle livestock trailer carrying 8 young steers or heifers was traveling eastbound on the two-lane highway. Following behind the Dodge and green trailer was a 1995 Ford F-250 towing a white livestock trailer carrying 7 full grown cows. Both of these pickups had only one passenger riding in the cab.

Traveling westbound approaching the Dodge truck was a GMC crew cab pickup towing a 2-axle flatbed trailer transporting a piece of equipment labeled as an electric scissor lift. Witnesses to the event stated the Dodge pick-up veered into the oncoming lane possibly because the livestock trailer was swerving back and forth, or fishtailing. The front of the 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 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 hit 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.

The driver of the Dodge truck sustained very serious injuries and was taken from the scene by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno while the two occupants of the Ford were transported by ground ambulance to Renown with moderate injuries. The passenger in the Dodge pickup and all 3 occupants of the GMC pickup died at the scene. The names of all of the victims in today’s tragedy should be released by mid-morning tomorrow to include ages and cities of residency and it appears that all seven are from Northern Nevada.

Meanwhile, the green trailer overturned and ejected all eight yearlings. One died at the scene and the other seven had some visible injuries. Six of the seven were gathered quickly and placed into a holding pen by local residents in the area while the other yearling remained loose. The seven adult cows did not appear to be injured at all. All 14 cows were later transported to Fallon to be checked by a veterinarian. The animals were apparently being transported from the Dayton area to the Fallon Livestock Exchange.

The highway was closed immediately following the collision and has been since reopened.

Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team or M.A.I.T. is investigating this case. Witnesses to the event are encouraged to call him at (775) 689-4623 regarding case number NHP-120814458.

(Denagh McBean)
(Denagh McBean)
UPDATE: Four are dead after a cattle truck collided head on with another vehicle near Stagecoach around 9:00am.

Three vehicles total were involved. In addition to the four people killed, three people were seriously injured. A cow was also killed due to the crash, according to Trooper Chuck Allen with Nevada Highway Patrol. Sixteen cattle were injured.

Highway 50 is closed, but traffic is being rerouted.

UPDATE: According to N-DOT Highway 50 is now closed in both directions. They say, it's not clear if the incident was a fire or explosion. But they did confirm with News 4 the trailer was hauling cattle. 

LYON COUNTY, NV (KRNV & – Four people are dead following a horse trailer explosion on U.S. 50 between Dayton and Silver Springs near Stage Coach.

Nevada Highway Patrol, N-DOT and Lyon County are investigating the explosion.

Trooper Chuck Allen with NHP tells News 4 that U.S. 50 is not closed at this time but travelers should expect delays.

News 4 has a crew on the way to the scene and is working to get more information.

Stay with News 4 and for more information as it becomes available.

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APellegrini - 8/14/2012 9:55 PM
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This is a PRIME example of how news reporters tread where they have no business. I have worked in the death care industry for nearly 12 years now, and have friends with the coroner's office. Death notifications are hands down, the most horrid part of our jobs. When a family is approached and notified of a death, the situation is horrible. Shame on News 4 in their reporting on this subject. Although it is difficult to report news of such a tragedy without showing the vehicles involved, it is absolutely NOT necessary to show the license plate of said vehicle! Somewhere, in our community, there was someone watching the news tonight, aware of the accident, wondering about their loved ones. Thanks to News 4, they no longer have to wait for the sheriff's department to send a deputy for a proper notification. You did it all on your own - in the most tasteless fashion known to man kind. Job well done!

KendraMasters - 8/14/2012 9:36 PM
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Adding more lanes wont help. The speed limit isnt dangerous. We arent complaining, just stating our opinions. People die everyday. We arent meth dealers. Family does not need our sympathy, they need safer drivers. Thank you.

Ktkt1955 - 8/14/2012 9:12 PM
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OBW! Adding more lanes will not stop this senseless killing of irresponsible drivers. This addition of two more lanes will only make the bottle neck even worse. Now we as residents of Lyon county who live along this highway have to contend with four lanes of speeders verses two lanes of speeders.

Ktkt1955 - 8/14/2012 9:09 PM
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All this due to speed on this stretch of death riddled road. I hope and pray that this will open Lyon County's eyes to the eminent danger that is here due to excessive speed when towing, or even just traveling on the I50 corridor. I heart goes out to those who lost their lives and their families over such a senseless tragedy and loss of life.

unknown - 8/14/2012 8:41 PM
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Oops sorry I meant all that guy can do is complain.

unknown - 8/14/2012 8:37 PM
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what the heck families have just lost there loved ones and all you guys can do is complain, shut up!!! My heart and prayers go out to all the families involved. Accidents happen, all it takes is one little thing going wrong and creating a chain reaction. Grow up and have some sympathy for the families.

Skeeter - 8/14/2012 7:43 PM
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The accident today is just many that have been on highway 50 for the past 8-10 year now, driving this highway is plan suicide anymore. I have lived here for 19 years and this is the 4th time Lyon county was suppose to be wideing the highway 50 from Dayton to the stop sign in Silver Springs. But again Lyon county only wants to widen just parts at a time. In the mean time while Lyon county want to sit on their behinds while more deaths and accidents are happening. Not only just Lyon county is at fault but the careless stupid drivers on the road and not enough law enforcement to handle these stupid drivers. By the time a call to Lyon county sheriff or highway patrol the drivers are long gone. I do call in with license plate numbers, place ect., I do tell them if the driver is found will sign a site and go to court as a witness. The problem is IF the driver can be found. I have seen drivers passing on the right on this road. I hope that one,Lyon county hears the cry's and complaint about this road and put in the 4 lanes to the stop sign in Silver Springs and stop dragging their feet. Two I hope soon we get more law enforcement out here to patrol the highways. Three more people get involved and call in the drivers that are making this road and other roads like highway 94A from Silver Springs to Fernely, a danger, and sign the sites and go to court. As for the comment about the drugs in Stagecoach and Silver Springs, yes we have a major drug problem and drug labs which is contributing to a lot of the traffic problems and accidents. As for the hard working people try being on highway 50 between Carson City in the morning from 6am to 8am and from about 3pm to 6pm, the bewitching hours, it is plain suicide being on the road then. Slow down and do the speed limit 65mph and not 75-90mph and stop the dangerous passing and driving. To the family of the accident victims and those ho were hurt, my heart and prayers go out to you in this time of need. May God be with you.

Bratt - 8/14/2012 12:56 PM
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Might i suggest you don't make assumptions of people in small rural communities and read the article. Not all residents are meth dealers but true hard working people hauling cattle.

kdavis52 - 8/14/2012 12:46 PM
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Ya know I have to comment on the title of the article "Four dead after a trailer explosion in Lyon County." My first thought, "Some body blew up their mobile home cooking meth." Can you please specify what it was in the title? That way I don't misunderstand the article at first glance.

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