Tire warning issued after deadly accident kills woman
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The second deadly tire blowout in a month is sparking Nevada Highway Patrol troopers to issue a warning to drivers: get your tires checked.
The latest crash happened Wednesday afternoon. A sports utility vehicle carrying six people rolled on Interstate 15 near Sloan. A woman was killed and several children injured.
"It appears to be a family of six coming from the LA area into Las Vegas. It's a very unfortunate situation that this tragedy had to happen," says trooper Jeremie Elliott.
On May 22, a man was killed when his car rolled on U.S. 95 after a tire blowout. A woman that was nine months pregnant was hospitalized.
As summer months heat up, so does the frequency of tire blowouts in Southern Nevada.
"The biggest thing is air pressure," says Kyle Downing of Ted Wiens Tire and Auto. "People don't realize that their tires are running under inflated."
Also a problem is the tread on tires being worn down.
"That tire is creating excessive heat and that's going to cause it to wear prematurely and that's going to cause it to want to start to separate," says Downing.