Update: One dead, another serious after wreck on Interstate 580 through Washoe Valley

One person was killed Friday morning and another was in serious condition after a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 580 north of Carson City.

The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to Washoe Valley north of the Bellevue exit at 6:12 a.m. Upon arrival NHP found two people lying in the median after being ejected from the vehicle.

Trooper Duncan Dauber says a female passenger in the southbound white Dodge pickup was confirmed dead.

Dauber says the driver, 50-year-old Oscar Esparza of Sparks, was transported by helicopter to a Reno hospital in serious condition.

Traffic was diverted until the southbound lanes were reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

I-580 in the area of the crash is a four-lane highway with two lanes in either direction. There’s a dirt median separating both directions of travel and the speed limit is posted at 70 miles per hour.

Dauber said in a statement late Friday neither is believed to have been wearing a seatbelt and added “impairment is under investigation at this time.”

Trooper Karen Garretson of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (MIRT) is investigating this incident. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information related to this incident is encouraged to reach out to him at (775) 688-2500 or kgarretson@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-160300279.


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