Published Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 | 7:01 p.m.
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.