FERNLEY — A passenger in a westbound Jeep was killed Wednesday morning when he was ejected from the vehicle in a rollover crash.
At 7:24 a.m., Nevada Highway Patrol trooperswere dispatched to the single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80, approximately 19 miles east of Fernley.
The preliminary investigation found that a gold-colored 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on the freeway when the driver allowed the SUV to drift toward the center median. He over-corrected to the right and then to the left before over-correcting the steering to the right once more. The vehicle entered a broadside skid before rolling over several times and ejecting one of the two passengers, who died at the scene.
The driver, an 18-year-old man from Grass Valley, Calif., and the other male passenger each sustained minor injuries and were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance. No other vehicles were involved and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Trooper Eric Gallagher at 689-4661 or the Department of Public Safety at 687-0400 regarding case number NHP-111123205.
The NHP expects to release the names of all three people today.