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UPDATE: 3 identified in head-on crash south of Tonopah

Fatal head-on crash closes US 95 near Tonopah
Fatal head-on crash closes US 95 near Tonopah
Posted at 6:22 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-30 19:14:40-05

Nevada Highway Patrol's Northern Command is investigating a fatal crash near Tonopah.

The head-on crash was reported on U.S. 95, 10 miles south of Tonopah, around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Troopers say a northbound Dodge truck that was pulling a trailer crossed into the southbound lane and hit a Mitsubishi SUV head-on.
Both the driver and the passenger in the Mitsubishi were killed, and the driver of the Dodge truck also died a short time later.

The Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday said 80-year-old driver Dan Haskon Norcom and 78-year-old passenger Diane Celestine Atencio, both of Goldfield, died when a pickup truck pulling a trailer crossed into oncoming traffic and hit their car head-on.
Troopers say the pickup driver, 47-year-old Michael Wayne McKinnis of Tonopah, also died.
Two passengers in the truck were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital with injuries that are serious but not considered life-threatening, while a third passenger was treated on scene for minor injuries.
The victims' identities haven't been released. Troopers say they don't suspect the drivers were impaired.

The road was closed in both directions until around midnight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.