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Taxi passenger killed in rear-end crash on I-15

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Rich Coleman

A taxicab was rear-ended a little after 6 p.m. Friday on Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue. A 62-year-old Michigan man in the back seat of the cab was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers and the cab driver were taken to University Medical Center.

Updated Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 | 10:54 p.m.

Fatal taxi crash

A passenger in the back seat of a taxi was killed Friday when the cab was rear-ended on I-15, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

The passenger who died was a 62-year-old man from Michigan, police said. Two other passengers, one in the back seat and one in the front, and the cab driver were taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

None of the passengers were wearing seat belts, Trooper Joseph Fackrell said.

The driver of the other car involved in the crash did not appear to be injured, police said.

Fackrell said there had been another accident in the area a few minutes earlier that had traffic backed up. The cab stopped and was hit by a green Dodge Stratus that caught fire as a result of the impact, he said. Police had initially reported that the cab caught fire.

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. near the Sahara Avenue interchange, police said. The northbound lanes of I-15 were closed, and traffic was diverted onto Sahara, police said. The interstate reopened at about 9:45 p.m.

Nellis Cab Co. said a road supervisor responded to the crash scene.

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  1. Exploding taxi cabs due to leaking propane tanks, hoses and fittings, was a fairly common occurrence here in Las Vegas not very many years ago, so I'm kinda wondering if this particular cab was powered by propane?

  2. cabbie probably cut someone off and hit the brakes, truck ran into him.

    Strange it exploded, wonder what type of car it was. I didn't know pinto's were still on the road.

  3. sevenhills-Amazing how you can analyze the accident from your keyboard.

  4. isn't it? I amaze myself too.

  5. In case all you amateur accident investigators don't know it, there is a design flaw around I-15 and Sahara. Many accidents happen there every day.

  6. Avitech,

    Don't kid yourself, 18 wheelers and other large vehicles are diesel powered and they burst into flames about as often if not more so than gasoline powered cars..

    And for the poster who thinks propane isn't flammable, think again....

  7. I wonder if the cab had "uninsured driver coverage." Some don't. Rear end-er, probably not cab company's fault.