By Kelsey Givens
Two people were sent to the hospital after a two vehicle accident occurred on State Route 160 around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.
A white Saturn Vue reportedly struck the driver’s side of a white Kia Spectra after witnesses said the Kia pulled out onto State Route 160 from Matthew Lane near Taco Bell and Smith’s.
The two male drivers involved in the incident sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, Fire Chief Scott Lewis said at the scene. Both men were being transported to Desert View Hospital, however, for treatment of what injuries they did receive as a result of the collision.
Both vehicles involved in the incident sustained some damages in the crash. Debris from the driver’s side door of the Kia and front bumper of the Saturn could be seen lying on the roadway between the two vehicles.
The northbound lanes of State Route 160 were blocked off where Matthew Lane feeds into the highway as paramedics worked to help both drivers from their vehicles and stabilize them.
Lanes remained blocked for some time after the drivers had been transported from the scene, until a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper could come to investigate the accident.
A good samaritan stopped at the scene shortly after the incident occurred, and helped to direct traffic around the two vehicles and working emergency personnel.
The man continued to guide oncoming traffic around the area until a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was able to make it to the scene and take over.
Two registered nurses also stopped at the scene to help the drivers before paramedics arrived.
They witnessed the accident unfold before them while driving down the highway and decided to stop to make sure everyone was alright.
“I took one driver and she took the other,” Nancy Ruot, a nurse with Nathan Adelson Hospice said.
She and fellow nurse Janet Church stopped and immediately began trying to call 911 after they witnessed the collision.
The two said at least one of the cars was equipped with OnStar Navigation, and through the system they were able to direct emergency services to the area to get the two men further medical assistance.
While they waited for E.M.S., the two nurses assessed the condition of the two men and helped in whatever way they could.
Both women remained on scene until E.M.S. arrived, and stayed for some time after to make sure they could help emergency responders further by filling out a witness statement in the case.
The northbound lanes remained blocked at the intersection until the vehicles could be towed and an NHP trooper had finished documenting the scene.