39°F
weather icon Clear

Crews respond to a truck carrying waste in Tonopah

A semi-truck driver hauling what was described as low-level hazardous waste along Highway 95 near Tonopah, was transported to a Las Vegas hospital after suffering from an unknown medical condition.

The incident, according to Nye County Director of Emergency Management Scott Lewis, occurred Sunday, March 31 just before 8 p.m.

The truck’s final destination was the Nevada National Security Site.

“The Tonopah Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a possible motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck, possibly containing some low-level hazardous waste,” Lewis said. “They responded with their rescue and a medic unit out of Tonopah.

“Upon the arrival of Chief Rob Elliot, he discovered that he had a semi truck off of the roadway. The truck was upright and it had not impacted anything. There were no other vehicles or other fixed objects involved. It did not overturn or anything along those lines.”

As a result of the driver’s condition, Lewis said the scene size-up and risk assessment revealed that the driver apparently sustained a serious medical emergency.

“The fire department assisted the EMS crews on packaging and transporting that patient,” Lewis said. “They rendezvoused with Mercy Air and that patient was transferred to a Las Vegas-based hospital.”

Regarding the material being transported, Lewis noted that the situation did not pose any dangers.

“The Tonopah Volunteer Fire Department assessed the semi truck’s manifest and found it was low-level material, thus it was a non-issue,” he said. “They also utilized an imagery device to determine that there were no serious issues. The load was eventually transported without incident to its final destination, which was at the Nevada National Security Site.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com, on Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Supply-chain issues delay opening of second cannabis dispensary in Pahrump

Nye County commissioners have granted a third extension to Nevada Organic Remedies, the Las Vegas-based cannabis dispensary that plans to bring its The Source+ brand to 2370 S. Homestead Road near Highway 160.

Tonopah will build new $15.2M elementary near town high school

Tonopah will create a centralized learning campus for pre-k through 12-grade students by constructing a new elementary on 5.5 acres near the town’s high school.

Funding will help save endangered Pahrump poolfish

Bureau of Land Management officials have worked with other agencies over the past five years to improve habitats for the threatened fish, which can be found in three locations at the Shoshone Ponds about 30 miles south of Ely.

Fairgrounds parking lot will be used for motorcycle trainings

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Riders Group of Pahrump is expected to begin hosting motorcycle training sessions at the parking lot of the Pahrump Fairgrounds.

2 transported to hospital after crash

One person was transported by air to UMC Trauma, while another was transported to Desert View Hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Gamebird Road and Winchester Avenue just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.