3 die in crash on Highway 50 near Dayton; identities released

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Updated: 7/11/2013 10:35 am
UPDATE - JUL. 11 - 10:34AM - Nevada Highway Patrol says a white Ford F-150 driven by Ellis Lee Erwin, a 73-year-old Dayton resident, was traveling eastbound on US 50 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted into the westbound travel lanes, hitting a white Toyota Camry.

The passenger in the white Ford truck was identified as Louise Ky. Erwin, a 72-year-old also from Dayton. Both occupants of this vehicle died at the scene, according to NHP.

The white Toyota was driven by Michelle Marie Stratton, a 43-year-old Dayton Valley resident. She also died at the scene.

Public safety personnel temporarily closed the westbound travel lanes allowing traffic to use the dirt shoulder. One eastbound lane was open to allow traffic to flow eastbound. All lanes were open at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team or M.A.I.T. is investigating this tragedy. Witnesses or anyone with information are encouraged to contact him at (775) 688-2500 or dhildebrand@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-1230700961






(News 4 Photographer Dallas Colodny)
(News 4 Photographer Dallas Colodny)
UPDATE - 5:30PM - According to NHP, westbound lanes are all still closed, but one eastbound lane is open.




(Nevada Highway Patrol)
(Nevada Highway Patrol)
DAYTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A crash on Highway 50 five miles east of Dayton has killed three people and shut down traffic in both directions, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

NHP says, around 3:30pm, a white Ford pickup traveling eastbound drifted over to the westbound travel lanes for reasons still being investigated. It then hit a white Toyota Camry head-on.

Two people died in the white Ford pickup and one died in the Toyota Camry.

Currently, U.S. 50 is closed in both directions and they are moving traffic on the shoulder of the highway.


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msvic - 7/12/2013 11:57 AM
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I second Crazy Cats comments. It just blows my mind to see so many head on collisions and accidents on a 4 lane highway with a large center turning lane. I blame it on driver distraction, pure stupidity and in some cases drivers that are elderly and really should not be behind the wheel of a vehicle. My husband and I travel this road to and from work and everyday we see at least 10 drivers and that's a low number between Stagecoach and 580, talking on the phone, texting, waiting until the last minute to pull out in front of on coming traffic, CLEARLY not maintaining their lane, driving stupid and simply not paying attention. It makes me so angry and scares me to death to see individuals with such blatant disregard, disrespect and just plain stupidity behind the wheel putting all of our lives in danger. Be responsible or stay of the roads people!

Crazy Cat - 7/11/2013 11:13 AM
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It seems that all you people are worried about is speeding and NHP coverage, however when I read the accident stories, it's about people veering into head on traffic, which has nothing to do with speeding. So what's really going on here people? It's time to wake up & pay attention! Just this morning on the way into to Carson taking HWY 50, I noticed a lady reading a magazine while DRIVING! That’s the problem, she wasn't speeding, nor was she paying attention! It’s poor driving habits like that, that are getting people killed on HWY 50, I want to make it home every night to my family & so does everybody else, so STOP TAKING IT UPON YOUSELF NOT TO PAY ATTENTION, WATCH THE ROAD WHILE DRIVING OR GET OFF THE ROAD AND DON'T DRIVE!! STOP MAKING HWY 50 "DEATH HWY 50". The next time it could be YOU! Listen guys it’s up to us, not just NHP or Lyon County, in reality what is a ticket going do? When you get behind the wheel it’s time to FOCUS on DRIVING THAT’S IT! PAY ATTENTION, STOP TEXTING, AND STOP TALKING ON THE PHONE! May God Bless the families of deceased.

deedee17 - 7/10/2013 7:43 PM
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no matter how many accidents people complain about regarding hwy 50 being a death trap. I disagree except one commentator was right on about causes. For those thinking NDOT is not doing anything about reducing collisions you can read this pdf study file of improvements recommended and currently being under contract and funded - example Granite Construction finished the 1st part of hwy 50 improvements of widening the lanes and other improvements to Stagecoach, Phase 1 I call it. www.nevadadot.com/uploadedFiles/NDOT/About_NDOT/NDOT_Divisions/Planning/2007_US_50_East_Corridor_Study.pdf For stating NHP, Lyon County etc is just sitting on their arses doing nothing, they sure are not GOD and cannot be everywhere when someone wants them to be. Yep, some seem like they are not doing a dang thing enforcing at the moment you saw them while you were driving, but you can only wonder and that is all because you would never know fully what their assignment was at that precise moment in time. A sure way to freak motorist out is to have the NHP lidar gun out tagging the driver's speeds, and other officers just ahead to pull you out of the traffic lane and cite you for speeding, or what ever else they find while clearing your DL. We drove past this incident after the fact. Based on the photos, it was a horrific collision. So sad an errant driver caused others to lose their lives too.

Mad Monkey - 7/10/2013 7:30 PM
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So citizen- even though you are driving the speed limit, you are breaking the law by using your cell phone to report violators?

mom212 - 7/10/2013 7:11 PM
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I have lived here for 15 years. I have never seen more fatal accidents anywhere as I do here especially on this highway. First I think people are just to impatient while waiting to pull out on the highway and half the crashes result in pulling out in front of people who have no time to slow down. Second, there are people out there who are still TEXTING and driving resulting in fatal crashes..for those of you drivers that are ignorant, selfish and impatient PLEASE Change your driving habits...I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old and I fear everyday the stupidity from others that might change my life and others. Please drive responsibly..Life is too short to die for yourself and others.

citizen - 7/10/2013 6:27 PM
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This highway needs a permanent increase in law enforcement. The best thing for this state would be to invest in law enforcement that will enforce the laws. I went through this area shortly after this happened. I was headed east, and saw a Lyon County Sheriff cruiser flying down the road with lights and sirens going. The law requires traffic to clear for emergency vehicles. The cruiser was coming so fast that I didn't have enough time to fully stop, but I slowed and pulled over for it. Behind it? 3-4 passenger vehicles speeding in its wake. About 30 seconds later, a fire truck and ambulance came through. I pulled over and stopped. Behind them? Another 6-7 passenger vehicles going their same speed. This is illegal, people!! When I got east of the crash scene, I proceeded to get up to speed (55, and then 60 mph). The speed limit lowers to 55mph going through Stagecoach, but there were vehicles going in severe excess of this. How intelligent are those people, going that fast after just going past a horrific crash site? When I went through, I saw zero NHP vehicles present. I know Lyon County has very few, but there should have been at least one somewhere nearby. But I probably shouldn't be wondering after I saw about a dozen NHP vehicles parked on the street by the Carson City Sheriff's office about half an hour before this. Where is the law enforcement? I think the public needs to know. If there was more of a presence, Highway 50 wouldn't be so dangerous. I do my part. I drive the speed limit and I do my best to report violators. I encourage others to also. But it shouldn't be up to the public. Maybe if the state was to start a reward system for those who report traffic violations that directly result in a fine (such as a percentage payout), our law enforcement will be proactive in what needs to be done.

sribop - 7/10/2013 5:45 PM
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7/10/13 HWY 50 from Carson to Silver Springs has proved to be a Death’s Highway in the last 2 ½ years that I have lived in Dayton. Today 07/10/13 there was a 2 Vehicle Collision resulting in 3 Deaths due to a vehicle crossing over from the East bound lanes into the West bound lanes near the intersection of HWY 50 and 6 Mile Canyon Rd/Fort Churchill Rd. Less than 1 month ago there was another similar collision on HWY 50 just East of Mound House in Carson resulting in Fatalities. About 2 Years ago in Mound House a Compact Car drifted of the center divider from the West bound lanes into the East bound lanes colliding into a large SUV resulting in the Deaths of the driver and 2 children in the car. This section of HWY 50 deserves the same Concrete Center Divider Barriers that HWY 50 has on Spooner Grade to help ensure the safety of the General Public that travel this Death’s Highway. Sincerely, Andrew P. Dayton

angeloschild - 7/10/2013 5:19 PM
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Highway 50 seems to be the scene of numerous fatal accidents lately. My daughter has to drive that highway every day to work, as many other people do. Everyone should be paying more attention. Please everybody, watch your speed, drive defensively and stay safe!
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