Saturday, June 7, 2014

NHP Milking Another Fatal Accident For Overtime

You got to hand it to the troopers for the Nevada Highway Patrol.  While they may not get a lot of money in their base pay, they sure know how to milk accident scenes, particularlly fatal accidents scenes.
On the Hwy 95, this evening, at 6:12 PM, there was a call for a motorcycle accident that was fatal, between the 215 and Horizon, in the Northbound lanes. 
From the LVRJ:
A motorcycle rider died in a crash on U.S. Highway 95 Friday night.
The incident involved the motorcycle and two other vehicles in the northbound lanes near Horizon Drive about 6:10 p.m.
A Review-Journal reader submitted a picture of the motorcycle engulfed in flames and said he saw a body lying on the roadway nearby.
Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Loy Hixson said the man riding the motorcycle was speeding and struck a Lincoln Navigator on the right, rear side before bouncing to the right and striking a Ford F150 truck on the left side.
The Ford continued north a bit until it struck a wall. The female driver of the Ford was taken to University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The people in the Lincoln were not injured.
The motorcycle veered into the right shoulder, where the driver and the bike were separated. The motorcycle was propelled forward without a rider until it came to a stop and caught on fire.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Hixson said.
The Henderson Fire Department also responded to the wreck. 
The northbound lanes of U.S. 95 were shut down for hours at Horizon while crews investigated and cleaned up. They were expected to be open 11 p.m.
As of 12:30 AM, 6 hours after the accident, the 95 was still closed and there were two troopers talking- one outside a car and the other in his car.  And for their talking, the road was still shut down.
The NHP has a history of milking overtime.  A couple of years ago, when the Sprint NASCAR race was getting out, there was a fatal accident on the I-15 by Cheyenne and the NHP kept the 15 shut down for over 5 hours, even though it was a pretty easy case to solve- a car ran into the side of a truck.
The NHP seems to take an extraordinarily long time investigate major accidents, more so than other highway patrols across the country.
Why?  More than likely, to milk the system for overtime.

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