LAS VEGAS — Two Boise men were killed in a crash Wednesday near Las Vegas, media partner CBS 2 News reports.
The Nevada Highway Patrol told station KSNV a semi-truck driver admitted he fell asleep before a five-vehicle crash on Highway 93.
The crash happened just before 6 a.m., Wednesday at an active construction zone.
According to highway patrol, the semi was filled with sand, so the driver could not stop in time, running over the car in front of him.
The car was ripped in half, split down the middle. The two men inside were pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities in Nevada identified the men as Robert Jay Barnes, 50, and Christopher Markley, 34. The Boise men died of blunt force injuries.
#trafficalert US93 at mile marker 63, 2x fatal crash involving 4 vehicles. All travel lanes are closed, traffic is being diverted onto SR168. US93 is also closed at IR15. Unknown when roads will reopen, use caution in the area as we investigate. #buckleup #drivesafenv #nhpsocomm pic.twitter.com/1D7MRV1z5g— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) July 18, 2018
The wreck is the latest deadly crash involving semi-trucks in a construction zone.
An Ohio truck driver was killed July 3 when two tractor-trailers collided in a construction zone on Interstate 84 east of Twin Falls, creating an explosion.
On June 16 in a construction zone on Interstate 84 near Boise, four people, including a New York truck driver and three Mountain Home Air Force Base airmen, died in a fiery seven-vehicle crash under the Cloverdale overpass.
On Tuesday an Idaho Falls man died when his semi-truck flipped onto its side and burst into flames on Interstate 86 near American Falls, the Idaho State Journal reports, though the report did not say the area was in a construction zone.