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April 17, 2014

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Car overturns on freeway, lands on Highway Patrol cruiser

A piece of debris on Interstate 15 this morning caused a five-vehicle crash that included a car that overturned and landed on a Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser.

Two people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

The wreck happened about 5:30 a.m. when a car hit what appeared to be a metal file cabinet or box on I-15 North near U.S. 95 at the Spaghetti Bowl, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.

Meanwhile, another car trying to avoid the same piece of debris overturned and hit the cruiser of a trooper responding to the initial call. The trooper was not in the vehicle at the time, Hixson said.

Two people in the overturned car were taken to University Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Hixson said. Both were wearing safety belts, he said.

After that, another car and a sport utility vehicle hit the debris, Hixson said. He said he didn’t know how the debris got onto the highway.

The left three lanes of the freeway were closed for about two hours. Two lanes remained open.

The car that overturned and the Highway Patrol vehicle had to be towed. The other vehicles were drivable, Hixson said.

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