Metro officer killed after beam crashes onto vehicle on US 95

Metro officer killed after beam crashes onto vehicle on US 95

A portion of southbound U.S. Highway 95 in the northwest valley was shut down Friday morning after a large beam at a construction project fell on top of a vehicle, killing a Las Vegas police officer.

The closure is between Durango Drive and the 215/Northern Beltway, according to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s Twitter account.

#FASTALERT From 8:44 AM, Jun 10 2022
Update: Crash on US-95 SB At 215 Northern Beltway
Freeway closed at Durango Dr
Use other routes

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) June 10, 2022

Justin Hopkins, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation, said the accident occurred at the Centennial Bowl construction project connecting 95 with the Beltway.

He said a large truck not associated with the DOT was towing construction equipment through the area and struck a beam, causing it to tumble. Hopkins described the truck as carrying “an oversized load” at the time of the crash.

“A beam fell on top of a car,” Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said. “When we arrived several people were trying to give aid. There was one person in the car deceased, and we turned it over to the Nevada State Police.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has confirmed through a source that the person killed was a Las Vegas police officer.

Nevada Highway Patrol spokeswoman Ashlee Wellman said the truck involved was a tractor trailer headed south on 95. The 18-wheeler was towing an excavator, she said, and it appears a portion of the excavator struck the beam, although she cautioned that the investigation into the crash is in its early stages.

“Today is a very sad and tragic day for the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,” Steve Grammas, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said in a text. “In a tragic accident on the freeway, one of our own lost their life. Not only is this loss felt by all first responders in Nevada, but the community at large has also lost one of its heroes. We pray for strength and comfort for our fallen brother’s family and friends as well as our entire community.”

Traffic was being diverted off U.S. 95 onto Durango Drive.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Twitter account, repairs have begun and the road will remain closed until about 8 p.m.

Crews have started to repair damage from an earlier deadly crash on US-95 near CC-215. SB US-95 will remain closed until approximately 8pm during repairs. Detour begins at Durango.

— Nevada DOT Vegas (@nevadadotvegas) June 10, 2022

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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