NHP Investigating Fatal Crash on US-50 at Douglas County Mile Marker 3 – NHP photo
On Sunday Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a fatal crash involving three vehicles on US-50 at Douglas County mile marker 3. Preliminary investigation shows that a silver 2015 Subaru Impreza was eastbound in the right lane on US-50 approaching a green 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Tacoma was traveling eastbound on US-50 in the left lane. The driver of the Subaru failed to maintain their travel lane and entered the left lane occupied by the Tacoma. The left front of the Subaru struck the right rear of the Tacoma. Both vehicles overturned and entered the westbound travel lanes. The Tacoma landed on the hood of a silver 1999 Toyota Corolla traveling westbound in the right lane.
The driver of the Toyota Tacoma pickup – Rafael Cortez, a 52-year-old Gardnerville resident – was declared deceased at the scene.
This crash is being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.)