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Why so many crashes on I-15 near Spaghetti Bowl?

Posted at 6:47 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 21:47:33-04

Despite the fact Interstate 15 is a pretty straight freeway as it passes by the Las Vegas Strip, there are a significant number of crashes along that stretch.

Many of the crashes are in between Charleston Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

"We don't really know why," said Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say they can practically sit in that area and expect calls to come in.

"Me personally when I would work swing shift I knew I could just park my patrol car at 15 northbound at Sahara and just wait for the call because it's inevitable," Buratczuk said.

It could just be that too many cars go through the area, leading to congestion.

Then there's the Spaghetti Bowl, north of the Strip corridor where I-15 and U.S. 95 meet. Nearly 300,000 cars go through the Spaghetti Bowl each day and with that many cars, a crash is bound to happeen.

"They occur there all the time and it could be because of the heavy traffic flow coming from the surface streets onto the freeway," Buratczuk said. "And then we have two major highways that people are trying to merge onto and off from."