A Sunday afternoon accident involving multiple vehicles led to traffic delays on and near the Las Vegas Strip. One person had serious injuries and three others suffered apparently minor injuries, Metro police said.
The collision took place on Harmon Avenue near Koval Lane. There are several hotels and gaming properties nearby, such as the Club Wyndham Grand Desert and the Signature at MGM Grand. The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is slightly further away.
Suspected speeding and alleged drug use were blamed as the causes of the collision, police said.
It happened at about 2:40 pm, when Christopher Faifaimalie, 24, of Salt Lake City, Utah was driving a U-Haul truck at 70 mph, police said. That is double the 35-mph limit.
He was heading east on Harmon Avenue. The truck swerved to avoid slower vehicles, police added. The truck then went across Harmon Avenue into the westbound lanes. Next, the truck collided into the front of a Hyundai Elantra.
Then, the rear of a Nissan Rogue was collided into by a vehicle. Three occupants in the Hyundai were injured. They were taken to University Medical Center for treatment.
Driver Has Torn Diaphragm
The Elantra’s driver, identified as Sruram Vathiyanathan, 36, suffered life-threatening injuries, KLAS, a local TV station, reported. He had “a torn diaphragm that required emergency surgery,” police said, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Faifaimalie also was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Later, Faifaimalie confessed he took drugs before the accident, police said.
He eventually was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. By Tuesday, he was released from jail.
He faces a driving under the influence resulting in substantial bodily harm charge, police said.
Earlier Accidents on The Strip
In March, in an unrelated collision on The Strip, a Dodge Neon struck two vehicles in the area between the Sahara Las Vegas and the STRAT.
Also, in November, a 43-year-old woman died from her injuries after the SUV she was in crashed into a wall at the Paris Hotel & Casino parking garage located on The Strip.
The victim, Veronica Acosta, was a passenger in the Chevrolet Trailblazer, KLAS said. Acosta resided in Riverside, Calif.
Also, the Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas wrapped up with a traffic jam on the interstate from Las Vegas to Southern California.
On Memorial Day, crowds heading back to Southern California on Interstate 15 from Las Vegas casinos experienced traffic jams as long as 26 miles, according to the Review-Journal.
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