Wrong-way crash on U.S. 95 kills two, splits truck in half

CREATED Feb. 22, 2013

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  • Two people were killed on U.S. 95 in a head-on crash between two pickup trucks. The impact was so strong, it split one of them in half. Video by ktnv.com

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two people were killed on U.S. 95 in a head-on crash between two pickup trucks. The impact was so strong, it split one of them in half.

Nevada Highway Patrol first received a call warning them of a wrong-way driver near Kyle Canyon. Just moments later a second call came in notifying them of a head on collision.

When they arrived, they found two drivers dead, trapped in the debris. Long-time troopers described the crash as one the most forceful they've ever seen.

"I can go back, and through my 18 years of being with NHP, this is only the second time I have seen such a forceful collision to where the cab has separated from the frame of the pick-up," said Trooper Loy Hixson with Nevada Highway Patrol

Police said a Ford pickup was traveling northbound in the southbound lane when it struck the other pickup.

Troopers said they don't know for how long the Ford was traveling in the wrong lane, but they found no signs that the truck had crossed over the median.

NHP will continue investigating potential causes for the deadly crash.