Carson woman hurt, Fallon man dies in U.S. 50 accidents

An investigation continues into a crash on U.S. Highway 50 at Newman Drive in Lyon County that happened just after midnight Monday.

The preliminary investigation shows Carson City resident Connie Boe, 27, was driving a Chevrolet pickup eastbound at 12:06 a.m. in the slow lane. The NHP said she braked, locking the rear tires, which caused the truck to rotate and enter a broadside skid.

The truck hit a curb and overturned, coming to rest on its top on the dirt shoulder of the highway.

Four children, ages 3 to 9, in the pickup and driver were taken to Washoe Medical Center by ground and air ambulance. All were treated and released at the hospital. Boe was admitted with minor to serious injuries.

Passenger Danny Keith, 32, of Silver Springs, was treated at the scene.

NHP Sgt. Mark S. Clark said alcohol is suspected in the accident.

Also, a Fallon resident died and another man was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle traffic accident Sunday night on U.S. 50 after both victims were ejected from the car.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Winchester, Russell J. Miller, 43, was the driver of a 1989 Jeep Wrangler that overturned on the Carson Highway about 13 miles west of Fallon and two miles from Lahontan Dam. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Churchill County deputy coroner.

Passenger Joseph M. Cushing, 44, of Fallon, was transported to Washoe Medical Center by Care Flight with life-threatening injuries after the 9:05 p.m. wreck. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday Cushing is listed in fair condition.

Winchester said Miller was eastbound on the state highway when he swerved to avoid an animal. When the Jeep left the south edge of the road, Miller overcorrected to the right, sending the vehicle into a broadside skid. The car rolled down an embankment, ejecting Miller and Cushing. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, Winchester said.

He said alcohol is suspected in the accident, which is still under investigation by the NHP.

Anyone who has information about any of the incidents can call the Nevada Highway Patrol at 688-2500.


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