LA VEGAS (KLAS) – Nine people were killed in a car accident in Las Vegas on Saturday, including a family of three adults and four children traveling in a van.
“We have never seen such a high casualty road accident,” police spokesman Alex Cuevas said. “There have been a total of nine confirmed deceased ages ranging from young juvenile to middle-aged adult.”
The driver of a Dodge Challenger was traveling at high speed and ran a red light, causing the collision involving 15 people, police said. Some of the affected vehicles were pushed into a vacant lot at the intersection. Other vehicles involved included a Ford Fusion, a Chevy Malibu and a Mercedes SUV.
The driver of the Dodge Challenger is among the dead. It is not known if the driver was intoxicated.
One of the two people taken to hospital survived but suffered serious injuries, Cuevas said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a team to investigate the crash and will be on scene Monday, the NTSB said. on Twitter.
“Our hearts ache for the families and loved ones of the nine people killed in this senseless act – Kathy and I will keep them in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time,” Governor Steve Sisolak wrote. on Twitter.
“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the nine people killed in this senseless and preventable tragedy,” said Senator Jacky Rosen. on Twitter. “I urge all drivers to slow down and be mindful of their surroundings. We all have a responsibility to be safe and careful on the roads.
A woman who started a GoFundMe page on Sunday wrote that several members of her family had been beaten and killed. the GoFundMe page had raised over $7,000 as of 5:15 p.m.
The intersection where the crash occurred at Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street reopened early Sunday after a 12-hour closure.
The accident happened less than 24 hours after a person was hit and killed by van near Civic Center Drive and Cheyenne Avenue, less than 2 miles away.
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