Good Morning, Carson Valley!

Here’s your daily news roundup:

Tragic news led off the day Thursday as one person died in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 395 south of Gardnerville just before 10 a.m.

Jeff Munson, of, reported that the accident involved a Ford Taurus wagon traveling northbound on Highway 395 that was preparing to make a left turn onto a private drive.

The Ford Taurus was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet pickup pushing it into the southbound travel lane in front of a Dodge pickup towing a trailer traveling southbound. The Ford Taurus and the Dodge collided in the southbound travel lane. The driver of the Ford Taurus received fatal injuries, said Gibson.

The occupants of the two other vehicles received unknown non-life threatening injuries. The roadway was diverted onto Riverview and Palomino for approximately four hours while crews investigated the scene.

Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this accident. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689- 4623 or regarding case number NHP- 130701640.

The evening brought with it a pair of vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents, one at Highway 395 and Topsy in Indian Hills and the other in Carson City on Pheasant Drive.

The victim at Topsy Lane had a leg injury but was reported as being conscious at the scene. The Pheasant Drive accident victim was a child who had walked into the roadway in front of an oncoming car. CarsonNow reported the incident was being ruled as accidental and no charges were being filed against the driver. The child had injuries to the face that were treated at the scene but was flown via helicopter to Reno given the head trauma. CarsonNow also reported that Care Flight is routinely called in accidents involving children and/or pedestrians, as well as motorcyles.

The overriding message that rose out of yesterday is simply to be careful out there. Pay attention behind the wheel and when you are out walking around. If you’ve lived in this Valley for any length of time, you know that these fatal accidents (and even non-fatal ones) are in most cases absolutely preventable. Watch where you are going, assume there is another car there when you can’t absolutely see that there isn’t and by all means, don’t worry about the phone or the radio or whatever else. Driving is the No. 1 responsibility when you are driving. There are too many variables involved to have it any other way.

There’s not a lot on the docket today. Wyatt Denny wraps up his national finals rodeo campaign, competing in the bareback in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

That sets up a full weekend in town with the Little City Stage Race cycling event at Minden Town Park tomorrow and the Minden Ranch Rodeo all weekend. As always, take your camera out for whatever you are doing, and feel free to share your photos with us at or on our facebook page at

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