Video released of U.S. 93 semi-truck crash killing 2

NHP investigated a deadly crash on July 18, 2018. (Source: NHP)

The Nevada Highway Patrol Wednesday released video of the crash that killed two men killed in a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 93 on the morning of July 18.

Christopher Markley, 34, and Robert Jay Barns, 50, both died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner's office.

Nevada Highway Patrol said a semi-truck driver admitted to "drowsy driving" Wednesday morning when he struck multiple vehicles resulting in the death of Markley and Barns.

The crash was reported just after 6 a.m. on U.S. 93 and mile marker 63, near Interstate 15.

According to Trooper Jason Buratczuk, of Nevada Highway Patrol, motorists were stopped for a flagger in a construction zone when a semi-truck struck the vehicles.

The semi-truck hit the Toyota Corolla that Markley and Barns were traveling in, Buratczuk said. They were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The truck then hit a Nissan, another semi-truck and a Chevrolet Malibu.

Buratczuk said the driver of the semi-truck who hit the vehicles admitted to "drowsy driving" and may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

"Drowsy driving is just as bad as if you were intoxicated or texting and impairs your ability to drive a vehicle," Buratczuk said, adding motorists need to be careful in construction zones.

Three others were taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, including the at-fault driver of the semi-truck, according to officials.

Buratczuk said the driver of the semi-truck could face charges however, he noted it will be up to fatal crash investigators and the district attorney.

All travel lanes in the area were closed and traffic was being diverted onto State Route 168, NHP said. U.S. 93 is also closed at I-15.

An investigation was ongoing.

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