JEAN (FOX5) -- Nevada Highway Patrol said southbound lanes on Interstate-15 heading towards California were closed for several hours due to a major crash on Saturday.
According to NHP spokesperson Trooper Travis Smaka, the crash involved nine vehicles, including two semi-trucks. Two people were taken to University Medical Center, with one person in critical condition being airlifted via helicopter.
It was not immediately known how serious the other injuries were.
#FASTALERT 05-Jan-19 12PM,=UPDATE=, Major Crash I-15 Southbound, Highway Remains Closed Jean thru Primm, Alternate Detour: I-11 to US-95 South to I-40— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) January 5, 2019
Troopers said they were notified of the crash at around 8:12 a.m. The freeway was shutdown in both directions for about an hour before northbound lanes on I-15 reopened. Traffic cameras showed major backups towards Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan. Drivers were also seen being redirected in Jean.
As of 4 p.m., one southbound lane on I-15 from Jean to Primm was open.
The cause for the crash was still being investigated.
All travel lanes were expected to reopen Saturday evening.
Anyone traveling to southern California was advised to take U.S. Highway 95 south towards Needles to Highway 40.
#FASTALERT 05-Jan-19 1PM,=UPDATE=,I-15 Southbound Highway Remains Closed, Jean thru Primm, Alternate Detour: I-11 to US-95 South to I-40— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) January 5, 2019