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 firstname.lastname@example.org regarding case number NHP-1230700961
UPDATE - 5:30PM - According to NHP, westbound lanes are all still closed, but one eastbound lane is open.
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.