Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | 6:37 p.m.
(First posted at 4:15 p.m)
An off-duty Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was one of the drivers in a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and sent two people to a local hospital today, Metro Police investigators said.
Metro investigators at the scene said that a medical problem linked to diabetes may have affected the trooper, Edward Lattin, who is a supervisor for the NHP fatal accident team.
A section of Rainbow Boulevard north of Tropicana Avenue was closed to traffic from 1:30 p.m. until shortly before 6 p.m.
The wreck occurred when a blue pickup truck heading south on Rainbow ran up onto the sidewalk for about 500 feet, then hit the rear of a car also going southbound. The force of the crash sent the car into the path of a northbound pickup truck, police said.
A woman passenger was ejected from the car. She died at the scene, police said.
The driver of the car and the trooper were taken to University Medical Center.
Metro Police Officer Monte Hall said that the trooper volunteered to undergo tests for drugs and alcohol at UMC. The trooper's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The accident is still under investigation by Metro Police.