A man is dead after crashing his cement truck down an embankment on Summerlin Parkway near the Rampart Boulevard off ramp.
Two Metro police officers were involved in the accident. They're recovering at home.
Summerlin Parkway was shut down for several hours on Wednesday. Police believe that for some unknown reason the cement truck driver crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed down into a wash.
It took two heavy duty tow trucks to pull the wreckage from the wash. NHP Trooper Loy Hixson said rocks in the median can usually stop cars from sliding off the road but will do nothing to halt 35,000 pounds of momentum.
"In this case, such a heavy vehicle and large vehicle, the probability of stopping before crossing the median is not likely," Hixson said.
The cement mixer collided with a Dodge Ram registered to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Two on-duty officers were treated and released from a hospital.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to retrieve the body of the cement mixer driver from the wreckage.
Hixson said it was fortunate that the mixer didn't hit any other vehicles. Several witnesses barely missed colliding with the out-of-control truck.
"About 10 altogether saw the cement mixer cross (the median). They could slow down and avoid it," Hixson said.
The NHP is still investigating the accident. It's unclear if the 44-year-old driver made a mistake and lost control of the vehicle or if he suffered a medical episode.
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