MOUNTAIN PASS – A traffic collision between two semi-trucks early Wednesday morning took the life
of a seven-year-old Las Vegas boy and caused injury to three others. At 3:45 a.m. a traffic collision occurred on the I-15 north of Cima when a parked northbound facing 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer was rear-ended by a northbound driving 2007 Freightliner, officials said.
CHP officials believe the male driver of the 2007 Freightliner may have fallen asleep, causing the truck to veer to the shoulder area of the freeway.
The child, later identified as Donte Spencer Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, the remaining three, a male and female in the 2015 Freightliner and the male driver of the 2007 Freightliner were all transported to University Medical Center, Las Vegas. The man in the 2007 Freightliner was airlifted with major injuries, the woman and man in the 2015 Freightliner was transported by ground with minor to moderate injuries.
First responders reported a strong scent of Chlorine causing them to temporarily have to back away from the wreckage so to the potential danger of contact, either inhalation or tactile could be determined mitigated. Several hours later the County fire Hazmat crew arrived and were able to determine the source of the smell was cleaning supplies, which allowed southbound lanes to be reopened and a single northbound lane to be opened later that morning causing a SigAlert causing an approximately 8-mile long traffic delay.
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