Hundreds of Crashes as Las Vegas Gets Rain

LAS VEGAS -- Authorities in Las Vegas have responded to hundreds of car accidents after a storm system dropped an inch of rain over southern Nevada.

Trooper Loy Hixson says the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 141 crashes between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, including 37 with minor injuries, which is four to five times what the agency sees on a normal day.

Hixson says most of the crashes have just involved one car and many are due to hydroplaning, which is when a driver loses steering and breaking control because of a layer of water between the tires and the road. 

He says motorists used to bone-dry roads forget they need to change their driving habits when storms roll in.

"Pumping the breaks, applying light pressure but yet enough to get the vehicle to slow down but not to the point that it causes the tires to lock up, because then you're at the mercy of where gravity is taking you," Trooper Hixson said.

Drivers will have to use extra caution for a little while longer, because the National Weather Service predicts rain will continue through Saturday morning.

More than an inch of rainfall in Las Vegas, and enough to flood out roads in Lake Mead, and cause flight delays at McCarran International Airport.

It is day two of wet weather and it's causing all sorts of problems on our streets and highways.

Officer Laura Meltzer says Metro Police fielded 112 car crash calls in a rainy five-hour period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Troopers urge drivers to drive below the speed limit and leave plenty of space between them and the car in front of them.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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