4 people killed in wrong-way crash that shut down traffic on I-15 south of Las Vegas

Fatal crash I-15 SB
Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-11 17:41:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Four people died Monday night in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 south of Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol.

The collision happened when a Cadillac headed northbound in the southbound lanes crashed head-on into a Toyota pickup truck. The truck caught fire, killing all three people inside, officials said.

The driver of the Cadillac, an adult female, was also killed. Officials said they believe she may have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Three vehicles swerved to avoid the head-on crash, including a semi-truck. Two people from those vehicles were hospitalized, officials said.

Southbound traffic was shut down at Sloan, approximately 18 miles southwest of Las Vegas, where drivers were being diverted off the interstate. Drivers were directed to access Las Vegas Boulevard to head southbound from there.

Authorities had the southbound lanes on the I-15 shut down for several hours.

The Clark County coroner identified one of the people killed in the crash as 37-year-old Erica Marie Morell from Henderson.

Nevada State Police officials noted the crash marks the first wrong-way fatality in Southern Nevada this year.