UPDATE AUG. 27: The Clark County Coroner has identified the third decedent as 29-year-old Almetrine DeAngela Rushing from Las Vegas.
UPDATE AUG. 21: The Clark County Coroner has also identified the young child who was killed in the crash as 8-year-old Jh'sani Deomor Rushing-Fincher from Las Vegas.
UPDATE AUG. 17: The Clark County Coroner has identified the adult female victim as 28-year-old Artajha Smith from Las Vegas.
UPDATE 9 P.M.: Investigators are using cameras from multiple angles to figure out the moments before a crash that claimed 3 lives, including a child, and a dog Thursday.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the crash was captured by cameras at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, as well as the World Market Center, located just feet away from the crash scene.
A traffic camera located near Interstate 15 and Alta Drive also shows a white sedan passing a white truck towing an orange off-road vehicle.
Seconds later, both would be involved in the violent crash, according to authorities.
"When we were finally able to get the vehicles apart and over the wall to continue our investigation, our fatal team did locate three individuals in the sedan," said Trooper Jason Buratczuk with Nevada Highway Patrol.
"Two appear adult age and one child and we also found a deceased dog in the car," said Buratczuk.
Investigators say the white sedan was pinned under the truck and it took several hours to make the gruesome discovery.
"The license plates are burned, the VIN numbers are burned, everything is completely gone on the car, so our investigators have a long road of them at piecing this one together," explained Buratczuk.
Police believe the white sedan was speeding and swerved across a restricted area of the US-95 Northbound on-ramp and then crashed into the truck.
The force of the collision sent both vehicles over the edge of the freeway.
"We have unfortunately seen so many examples of tragic stories," said Andrew Bennett, with the State of Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.
"Every loss of life on our roads is tragic, but to see a one-year-old, two 16-year-olds and again [Thursday] the loss of life is purely unimaginable and unacceptable," added Bennett.
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Investigators have found a troubling trend on Nevada roadways; the pandemic has given way to an epidemic of speeding.
Authorities say more than 30% of deadly crashes in Southern Nevada are now blamed on speeding.
"When we started having COVID-19 and the pandemic and everyone was staying home, nationwide all of the highway patrol agencies were seeing speeds increasing because there was nobody on the road but now we're seeing these speeds that are still high and we have people on the road," said Trooper Buratczuk.
Over the weekend, Nevada Highway Patrol Southern Command pulled a driver over for allegedly going 127 mph near the Spaghetti Bowl.
On Thursday, a trooper clocked a driver traveling 114 mph on I-15 in the south valley.
Bennett tells 13 Action News, there are multiple enforcement efforts planned for this weekend to crack down on all sorts of dangerous driving behaviors with an emphasis on catching impaired drivers.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says three people were killed, including a child, and a dog Thursday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 15 near downtown Las Vegas.
Emergency crews responded to the scene of a crash on I-15 NB at U.S. 95 NB at around 11:15 a.m. Multiple lanes were closed and motorists were advised to seek alternate routes.
After the collision, authorities reported Good Samaritans were able to rescue a 4-year-old girl from the wreckage on the I-15 northbound ramp to US-95 in the Spaghetti Bowl.
NHP says a car was traveling north on I-15 when it made an unsafe lane change, drove across the solid white lines, hit the impact attenuator, and then hit a Ford truck pulling a trailer with an off-road vehicle.
Both vehicles hit the right wall and went over with the Ford landing on top of the car. Both vehicles caught fire.
CRITICAL MVA: TOC: 11:15AM. NB I-15 ramp to NB US95/MLK ramp vehicle accident with fire, ramp is CLOSED, car & pickup truck on fire on arrival. Under investigation by @NHPSouthernComm their PIO is on scene. #PIO1NEWS. pic.twitter.com/yL3HdAyzz9— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) August 13, 2020
The off-road vehicle came off of the trailer and was hit by another truck.
The father of the girl was also able to escape the burning vehicle.
The driver of the car was reported deceased at the scene.
Witnesses told police that the driver was driving recklessly before the crash. Investigators report the crash remains under investigation.
#update We can confirm that 3 victims and a dog are deceased in the crash on I-15N/95N. One of the deceased is a child, a very tragic scene. What’s even more tragic is this crash didn’t need to happen. Speed and reckless driving kill, in this case, it killed 3 people. Slow Down! pic.twitter.com/KlMSo7BLRY— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) August 14, 2020