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Head-on closes Geiger Grade, sends 3 to hospital

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Photo courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol Nevada Highway Patrol troopers investigate a head-on collision between a truck and a semi Thursday afternoon on Geiger Grade near the lookout. Three people were taken to the hospital and the highway was closed for more than three hours. Alcohol and speed are believed to have contributed to the accident.

A Reno man remains in good condition following a head-on collision Thursday afternoon that closed Geiger Grade for more than three hours.

The accident occurred at 1:15 p.m. Thursday near the lookout on the road between Reno and Virginia City.

A pickup driven by Eliseo Macias, 39, of Reno, was northbound when it crossed the center line and collided with a flatbed semi truck, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen.

Macias was taken by Care Flight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center with a severe head injury including possible damage to an eye, said Allen. The vehicle’s two passengers, Gina Kallmbah, 31, and her 2-year-old son Chandler Burnett were taken to Washoe Medical Center with minor injuries and were later released.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

Allen said that alcohol and speed were factors in the accident and Macias will be charged with drunken driving once he is released from the hospital.

Other charges, including child endangerment, are being considered, according to Allen.