The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reported a single car traffic fatality occurred early Tuesday morning at milepost 139 on U.S. 93, near Wild Horse Road in the Mt. Wilson area, about 20 miles north of Pioche.

Sgt. Guy Davis, of the Nevada Highway Patrol, stated that around 2:10 a.m. that morning, a northbound 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, single driver, single occupant, came upon a dead elk in the roadway. The driver, a 37-year old woman from Idaho, whose name has not been released pending notification of relatives, swerved to the left to avoid the elk, then overcorrected to the right. She lost control, and went off the highway on the east side, rolled over, and was ejected from the vehicle. The woman was not wearing a seatbelt, Davis said.

Other motorists came upon the accident and notified 9-11. The sheriff’s department, Nevada Highway Patrol, Panaca NDOT, and Pioche Fire and Ambulance responded.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis said the elk had been struck and killed earlier that morning by a tractor-trailer, “but that accident was not reported to us until this accident.”

Traffic was restricted to just one lane for a time while the accident was investigated and cleared.

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