A driver of a tractor-trailer heading westbound early Thursday night was cited by the Nevada Highway Patrol for allowing his vehicle to veer across the eastbound lanes of the Reno Highway.
The Nevada Highway Patrol investigated the crash that occurred shortly after 6 p.m. near the Eagles Hall and said John Hale, 47, of North Charleston, S.C. tore out some fencing, hit an utility pole and pulled electrical wires down before coming to a stop.
Trooper Trent Barnes, a spokesman for the Fallon/Fernley district, said the NHP cited Hale for failure to use due care. The investigation showed that Hale’s tractor-trailer drifted across the highway, but Barnes said there is no evidence that Hale tired to avoid any oncoming traffic.
“It was more of a drift versus an evasive action,” Barnes said.
Barnes said Hale was transported by paramedics to Banner Churchill Community Hospital. The trooper said Hale was complaining of injuries.
Fallon/Churchill Volunteer Fire Department also responded and stayed at the scene for about 40 minutes until the area was declared safe.
Parts of Churchill County and Fallon experienced power outages upward to six or seven hours after the accident. NV Energy restored power, which affected about 2,500 customers. Fallon police provided traffic control at major intersections until power was restored.