According to officials, nine people were killed in a “chaotic” traffic incident involving six automobiles in North Las Vegas.
The North Las Vegas Police Department’s public information officer, Alexander Cuevas, told reporters late Saturday, “We have never seen a mass-casualty traffic incident like this before.”
According to Cuevas, fifteen people were involved in the incident. He added two persons were brought to University Medical Center from the scene. One of them died later. He continued, saying that the other remained critically ill.
Officials suspect that speed had a part in the collision. It was unclear whether impaired driving played a factor, they said.
Last Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board said it would send a go-team to the area in coordination with the North Las Vegas Police Department to investigate the crash.
According to witness testimony, a Dodge Challenger going north on Commerce Street “at a high rate of speed” ran a red light before the collision at around 3 p.m.
Cuevas stated, “As a result, it crashed with many autos, and it was a chaotic situation.”
According to officials, automobiles were pushed off the road and into a vacant area near Commerce Street and Cheyenne Avenue.
The driver of the Challenger was among the dead, according to officials. The victims, according to Cuevas, ranged in age from little infants to middle-aged people. According to police, the coroner’s office will divulge their identities.
“Our thoughts and devotions are with the bereaved, who are facing a huge and unnecessary loss due to a stupid, senseless act,” said Pamela A. Goynes-Brown, a member of the North Las Vegas City Council.
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