Video Released Of SUV Slamming Into NHP Truck

SUV Lost Control On Snowy Mt. Charleston Road

Mitch Kelly
December 13, 2019 - 10:02 am
Picture Of Cadillac Accident with NHP Truck on 11-28-19

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Nevada Highway Patrol has released video of a crash they were involved in on a snow-covered Mount Charleston Road last month.

On November 28th, at approximately 3:25pm Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers were on State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Road) near the top of the Mount Charleston conducting check point operations for chain restrictions that were in place due to inclement weather. This was the first significant snow storm on Mount Charleston for the fall season and the road conditions required chains or four wheel drive vehicles.

As Troopers were standing next to two highway patrol vehicles a Cadillac Escalade coming down the mountain was traveling too fast for the weather conditions and lost control.

The vehicle slid for approximately 400 feet before striking the parked NHP Ford F-150. In dash camera and body worn camera footage you can see two Troopers run for cover as the vehicle is coming towards them. One Trooper who was in his vehicle drove forward to avoid being struck. Inside the Cadillac were 6 occupants, 3 adults and 3 children, all were transported to UMC Trauma with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

To view the video, click here.

The investigation revealed that three NHP vehicles all had emergency overhead lighting activated at the time of the crash. The Cadillac was traveling at 60 mph in a 55mph zone and there was approximately 3 inches of fresh snow on the roadway.

The driver of the Cadillac was given a citation for Too Fast for Weather Conditions.

NHP released the video in advance of the busiest time of the year on Mount Charleston as a reminder to drivers to take it slow.

During winter school break Mount Charleston is at capacity every weekend. Motorists are reminded that road conditions can change very rapidly on the mountain. Just because the speed limit is 55mph doesn’t mean you should do 55mph. The weather conditions and the motorist’s judgement will dictate the speed that’s appropriate when the road and weather conditions are not optimal. Our Troopers came very close to be seriously injured or killed by a careless driver.

If you’re planning on visiting the mountain this winter break leave early to secure a legal parking spot and go on the www.gomountcharleston.com website to check weather and road conditions.