UPDATE: 3-year-old girl dies from injuries in crash on I-15 near Moapa

Troopers investigate a crash Sunday, November 19, 2017, on northbound Interstate 15 near Mile Marker 77 near Moapa, Nev. (Photo courtesy of Nevada Highway Patrol)

UPDATE (1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28)

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 3-year-old Genesis Meraz of Cedar City, Utah. Her official cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries and the manner was ruled an accident.

UPDATE (4:20 p.m. Monday)

According to NHP, a blue 2016 Volva Tractor hauling a semi-trailer was northbound on I-15 in the right travel lane north of mile marker 77. A red 2005 Kia Van was also northbound in the left travel lane behind the semi.

The semi driver began braking and made an improper left turn into the dirt center median with signage marked “No U-Turn” and “Authorized Vehicles Only.” The driver of the Kia then struck the trailer of the semi causing the Kia to be partially pinned under the trailer.

Charges against the semi driver are pending at this time.

Impairment and speed do not appear to factors in this crash. This crash remains under investigation.

This marks the Nevada Highway Patrol-Southern Command’s 52nd fatal crash resulting in 54 fatalities for 2017.

UPDATE (10 a.m. Monday)

A 3-year-old girl who was injured in Sunday's crash on northbound Interstate 15 near Moapa has died.

The girl was airlifted to Sunrise Pediatrics with critical injuries and succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash.

An 11-year-old boy who also was injured was taken by ambulance to UMC Trauma with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.

The Clark County coroner's office will release the name of the decedent.


Two children were injured after a crash between a passenger van and semi-tractor trailer Sunday afternoon near Moapa.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. on northbound Interstate 15 near Mile Marker 77, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Buratczuk. The van was pinned under the semi, and the children had to be extricated.

A mother and four children were in the van, Buratczuk said.

One victim was transported by helicopter to Sunrise Pediatrics; the other juvenile was transported by ground. Their condition is not known.

The other three occupants were not seriously injured.

Travel restrictions are in place, with the northbound left travel closed. Traffic is getting by in the right travel lane. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

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