Witnesses told Nevada Highway Patrol the car was going about 100 mph before it slipped between the concrete barriers separating the east and west sides of the freeway from the construction zone workers, according to NHP Public Informaiton Officer Chuck Allen. The driver, 19-year-old Ateeq Paul, and his passenger and brother, 24-year-old Suneet Paul, both from Sparks, hit construction worker Cameron Owens, 24 of Reno.
All three were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment. Ateeq has serious to critical injuries and Suneet sustained serious injuries. Owens was treated for a lower extremity fracture according to Allen.
The sedan entered an active roadway construction zone where workers were making some repairs to the center concrete barrier which separates the east and west bound lanes of the freeway. On both sides of the interstate where the workers were present, along the fog line which separates the left lane from the inside shoulder, were an extended section of temporary concrete barriers to provide protection from the constant flow of traffic passing by.
The vehicle continued until it struck the rear portion of another parked flatbed truck and a construction worker before coming to a stop. Owens, whose back was toward the approaching sedan, never saw or heard the vehicle approaching. Troopers are at the hospital this afternoon to ascertain if any type of impairment was a contributing factor to this crash.
Trooper Scott Morron of the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating this crash. Witnesses, or anyone with additional information, are encouraged to contact him via the Department of Public Safety-Communications Center at (775) 687-0400 regarding case number NHP-121208462.