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Amber Alert

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tire change may have preceded fatal I-15 mishap near Las Vegas

Northbound Interstate 15 is reopening after two people were struck and killed early this morning in a hit-and-run fatal just south of Las Vegas.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Honea says traffic is still going to be funneled down to one lane past the site of the 5:10 a.m. double fatal south of Silverado Ranch Boulevard.

All northbound lanes had been closed at Saint Rose Parkway for about nine hours.

Investigators think a man was changing the left rear tire on a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on the shoulder of the road, and a woman might have been trying to wave traffic away, when both were struck and killed by at least one tractor-trailer.

Honea says the pickup truck was sideswiped in the pre-dawn crash.

Honea says investigators were questioning drivers of 4 trucks at various locations around Las Vegas.

He says anyone else who saw what happened should call the NHP at 702-432-5219.