RENO — A single-vehicle crash on U.S. 395 in Reno, just north of the Neil Road off ramp in the active construction zone occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, blocking two of the three lanes during prime commenting time.
For reasons still being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol, driver Benjo A. Laud, 32, of Reno allowed his blue and white 1998 Acura two-door sedan to leave the right travel lane, where it hit a temporary road barrier before heading toward and striking the center cement barrier where it came to rest.
The two-lane blockage of the southbound lanes caused a back-up for southbound commuters, said NHP spokesman Chuck Allen.
Laud sustained minor injuries and was treated by medics at the scene.
“Laud was cited at the crash scene for failing to use due care,” Allen said. “He refused to go to the hospital, claiming he had a sore shoulder. He checked out but declined to ride to the hospital and seek medical attention.”
Although Laud’s Acura crossed all three lanes quickly — which are currently painted solid white in the work zone, indicating that no vehicles are allowed to pass in the stretch of roadway — no other cars were involved in the incident, Allen said.