By Kelsey Givens
Two people were sent to the hospital after a Chevy Blazer rolled over on State Route 160 Wednesday afternoon when the driver reportedly tried to pass two vehicles in a no passing zone.
Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Services, Nye County Sheriff’s deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol all responded to the scene at the intersection of State Route 160 and Simkins Road around 12:30 p.m. for a two-vehicle accident with a rollover.
The driver of a PT Cruiser was reportedly stopped, waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn onto Simkins Road when the driver of a red Chevy Blazer became impatient, and pulled out into the southbound lane to attempt to pass her and another vehicle waiting behind her.
Traffic cleared, and as Hastings went to turn, the SUV slammed into the front bumper of her PT Cruiser, causing the Blazer to roll twice.
“Both vehicles were actually traveling northbound and there was a vehicle stopped waiting for traffic to come by so it could make a left-hand turn,” NHP Trooper Raymond Hubbs said. “And then the second vehicle involved in the crash actually got impatient from waiting for that vehicle to turn left and decided to jump out and pass in a no passing zone to pass the two vehicles.
“Well, the vehicle that was turning left then proceeded to turn left and we had a crash.”
Both the driver and passenger traveling in the SUV were able to get out of their vehicle before help arrived. Both were later transported from the scene for further care.
The driver was taken by ambulance to the Calvada Aeropark, just next to the accident scene, before being flown by Mercy Air to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
The passenger was then taken by ambulance to Desert View Hospital for treatment of what Hubbs deemed “not-so-severe injuries.”
The driver of the PT Cruiser, Nelda Hastings, was not injured in the crash.
Debris from both vehicles littered the roadway after the collision, as the intersection was shut down and authorities documented the scene.
The SUV’s windshield was cracked and slightly smashed in, while the top, doors and hood, appeared dented by the force with which the vehicle had rolled.
The PT Cruiser suffered slightly less damage, though needed to be towed from the scene as the entire front bumper had been ripped from the vehicle.
Hastings said she was on her way to take her husband to dialysis when the crash occurred.
She said the SUV was traveling fast enough that when it struck her, it rolled twice before coming to a stop.
“It wasn’t my fault, I had my signal on to turn, and this driver went around me and cut me off and tore up the car,” she said.
The condition of the SUV’s driver and passenger were unknown at the time of the incident.
Hubbs said at the very minimum he would be issuing a citation to the driver of the SUV for passing in a no passing zone.