Only one accident of serious nature occurred during the heaviest period of traffic congestion on U.S. 93 last week.

Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Guy Davis reported on Sept. 10 at approximately 2 p.m., a southbound Swift semi-truck trailer went off the west side of highway 93 at near mile marker 21, a little south of the Narrows on the highway.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Lieutenant Lisa Lewis witnessed the accident and went to the scene as soon as possible.

According to Davis, when Lewis got to where the truck stopped, about 120 yards off the roadway into the desert, other passers-by were already helping the driver and the passenger. The truck suffered engine damage, spilling some diesel fuel and oil, but the cargo load was not spilled.

Lewis reported she was told the driver had collapsed and was not breathing and had no pulse. She told others to start chest compressions and ran back to her vehicle and retrieved a department issued Automated External Defibrillator and attended to the driver, a 60-year old male out of California. His name has not been released.

Soon after, two additional troopers from the Alamo office arrived, and also assisted with the heart defibrillators and CPR until the Pahranagat Valley Volunteer Ambulance arrived. Mercy Air was called in from Las Vegas.

Davis said all north and southbound traffic had to be cleared from the highway to allow for the helicopter to land on the roadway. He said traffic was stopped for about 35 to 40 minutes.

The unnamed truck passenger, a 40-year old male, was treated for minor injuries but refused transport in the second ambulance.

Davis said the driver was taken to UMC Trauma in Las Vegas and was listed in critical condition

“All involved should be commended for their actions in saving the man’s life,” he said. “It was most fortunate that a Trooper with a heart defibrillator on board was so close, and knows CPR.” He said the victims were not thrown from the vehicle, passers-by were able to get them out, then the driver collapsed, and Lewis arrived moments thereafter.