According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a silver 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was traveling west on the two-lane highway where the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour. For reasons still being investigated, the driver, 42-year-old Lynn V. Haas of Hurricane, Utah, allowed his pickup to veer of the right roadway edge where it struck a plastic road marker sign. Haas over-corrected the vehicle’s steering to the left and then over-compensated the steering once more to the right. The pickup entered a broad-side skid and traveled off the south roadway edge and rolled over several times before coming to rest on its top.
Haas had four passengers riding in the pickup: his two daughters Cassidy, 16, and Aspen, 9; his niece Hannah Haas, age 14, and a family friend, Tanya Armstrong, 15, all from Utah. All four girls riding in the vehicle were not wearing seat belts. Three girls were ejected during the accident, while one remained inside the truck with Haas, who was wearing a seat belt.
Aspen sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted from the scene to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The other four victims were initially taken by ground ambulance to Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon before being transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center. Their injuries observed at the scene ranged from moderate to serious.