CARLIN — A car swerved, went airborne and hit an embankment around 6 p.m. Saturday just west of the Carlin tunnels, injuring three people who were not wearing seat belts, according to Nevada Highway Patrol reports.
The driver of a 1993 Ford Taurus said his car started to shimmy and swerve before he lost control and hit the rock wall embankment, the report said.
Troopers believe a shredded front left tire may have been the cause of the crash, although a blood alcohol test on driver Brandon L. Tyree, 24, is pending, the report said. The report said there is “suspected impairment” of the driver.
All three occupants were transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in ambulances.
According to the report, Tyree received head and neck injuries during the crash. Passenger Jessica E. Hockenberry, 16, had head, spine and lower extremity injuries. Passenger Nicholas A. Keller, 16, had face and chest injuries.
There was major damage to the car, the report said, and it traveled nearly 100 feet after impact with the wall.
At the time of the accident it was daylight and dry on the road, the report said.