Minden residents got a double-dose of gridlock Monday as consecutive afternoon collisions backed up traffic into the evening starting shortly after 2 p.m.
At 2:20 p.m. a red pick up and a blue Ford Bronco collided at the intersection of Highway 395 and Airport road. Sheriff's officials had not yet identified which car was at fault.
The accident resulted in major damage to both vehicles as well as two Care Flight helicopters being called to the scene to transport victims to area hospitals for further care.
NHP investigators took over the accident at the scene, but did not release the victim's identities at press time Monday.
The collision and ensuing clean-up temporarily blocked the artery, but by 4:30 p.m. at least one lane of traffic was open, Douglas County Sheriff Sgt. Tom Mezzetta said.
"Northbound traffic was backed up especially," he said.
Mezzetta noted a second collision occurred "shortly after" the major accident, causing traffic to slow even more.
He said it was a non-injury fender bender "probably caused by the initial back-up."