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NTSB Looking at Nevada Highway Truck Crash That Killed 5

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NTSB Looking at Nevada Highway Truck Crash That Killed 5

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Federal investigators said they’ll focus on the crash of a box truck that killed five bicyclists on a stretch of Nevada highway in December as they consider recommendations to prevent similar fatalities.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a brief preliminary report about the Dec. 10 crash that led to the arrest of commercial truck driver Jordan Alexander Barson on 12 felony charges including driving under the influence causing death.

Prosectors say Barson, 45, had a high level of methamphetamine in his system when his flat-faced truck plowed into cyclists riding behind a support SUV on U.S. 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada.

Two other bicyclists and the driver of the support vehicle were injured.

Barson was later arrested at home in Kingman, Arizona. He is jailed without bail in Las Vegas pending a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing of evidence on charges that could put him in prison for decades.

The NTSB issued a report in December 2019 titled, “Bicyclist Safety on U.S. Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures,” that cited the deaths of 857 bicyclists in crashes in 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also has barred Barson from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

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