On December 28, 2021, at approximately 1022 hours, a 41-year-old female from Reno, NV, was driving a 2005 Toyota Tundra, at an unknown speed, southbound US-395 south of Pozzolan Road. Traveling in the Toyota’s right front passenger seat was a 49-year-old male from Reno, NV. A 2018 Peterbilt Tractor and Trailer, driven by a 60-year-old male from Maxwell, CA, was traveling northbound US-395 at approximately 56 mph and approaching the Toyota from the opposite direction. As the two vehicles approached each other from the opposite direction, one vehicle left the proper lane and collided head-on with the other vehicle.
Members of the California Highway Patrol, local Fire Department and Medical personnel arrived on-scene to render aid. Tragically, the driver and passenger of the Toyota received fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The driver of the Peterbilt was uninjured.
Both directions of the US-395 were reduced to one-way traffic control for approximately 4 hours to facilitate the on-scene collision investigation. The cause of the collision is not yet known and the incident remains under investigation. The medical examiner will assist in determining whether drug or alcohol impairment was a factor in the collision. If any member of the public has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (530) 252-1900.