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Las Vegas Freeway Reopens 10 Hours After Fatal Wrong-Way Crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol says a busy stretch of Las Vegas freeway has reopened after a 10-hour closure caused by a fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver slamming head-on into a tractor-trailer.

Officials said northbound lanes of Interstate 15 reopened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Las Vegas Strip.


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Trooper Travis Smaka says a driver was killed when a Jeep being driven south in the northbound freeway lanes slammed into a tractor-trailer.


The tractor-trailer driver was hospitalized with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening.


Smaka says two people in another big rig involved in the crash weren't injured.

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The closure of seven travel lanes until repairs were made snarled the morning commute and created traffic jams on surface streets near Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard.