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Driver killed in crash near McCarran airport

Updated July 15, 2021 - 11:04 am

A fatal crash at McCarran International Airport early Thursday had a modest impact on traffic headed to Terminal 3.

Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a report at 4:59 a.m. of a pickup truck striking a sign at the intersection of Flight Path Avenue and Paradise Road.

“The driver of the vehicle was transported to an area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased,” police Lt. Noe Esparza said. “Flight Path Avenue lanes are closed from east to west at Paradise Road.”

Police said in a news release later Thursday that the motorist, a 64-year-old Las Vegas man, was driving a 1996 GMC Sonoma and “slowly traveling eastbound on Flight Path Avenue” when “the pick-up truck traveled over a raised median on the southeast corner of the intersection and struck a signpost.”

The man died a short time later at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. His name was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin. A cause and manner of death are under investigation by the Clark County coroner’s office.

McCarran spokesman Joe Rajchel said an alternate traffic route for those who access Terminal 3 through the intersection was established. All roadways in the area were reopened by 8 a.m.

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