Wrong way driver killed in crash on I80 near Wadsworth

A North Lyon County Fire District ambulance was slightly damaged avoiding a wrong way driver on Interstate 80. The driver of the car traveling the wrong way collided with another vehicle and was killed. (Photo courtesy of Jim Sullivan, North Lyon Fire.)

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

The driver of a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 80 was killed after it collided with another vehicle Saturday afternoon near Wadsworth.

According to the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol, a white Ford Focus was traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I80 at 3:56 p.m. when it collided with a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Just before the crash, the Ford Focus nearly hit a North Lyon County Fire District ambulance. The ambulance swerved to miss the Focus and sideswiped a tractor trailer. The ambulance sustained minor damage, but neither of the medics in the ambulance were injured.


The driver of the Ford Focus was killed and a passenger was injured.

One person was killed in another head-on crash on U.S. 50 at Riverboat Road in Dayton at 2:20 p.m. Saturday. In that crash, a Volkswagen sedan and Ford Explorer collided. One driver was killed and the other was transported to Carson-Tahoe hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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