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Fatal crash and fire

A semi truck hauling hay burns in the background after a head-on collision with the SUV in foreground on Tuesday. The driver of the SUV was killed in the crash west of Austin, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.


ELKO – Nevada Highway Patrol closed U.S. Highway 50 west of Austin because of a fatal collision that caused a hay truck to burst into flames.

NHP trooper Jim Stewart said the crash occurred approximately 35 miles west of town.

“The highway is blocked in both directions, and will be for most of the day,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

Motorists can use State Route 722 to bypass the scene.

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The crash involved a semi tractor-trailer and an SUV. The truck was hauling hay, and caught fire after the collision.

Stewart said the occupant of the SUV is deceased, and preliminary investigation indicates it was a head-on collision.

More details will be published when they are available from NHP.


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