22-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck in Big-Rig Accident near South Street

AUSTIN, NV (August 4, 2022) – Late Friday afternoon, Cole Thayer was pronounced dead after a semi-truck crash along US 50.

Police responded to the scene around 4:25 p.m., near South Street.

According to reports, the driver of a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling at high rates of speed before crossing the double yellow line and colliding head-on with a Ford pickup-truck.

First responders arrived and found Thayer, the driver of the Ford, with life-threatening injuries. Due to the extent of his condition, medics later pronounced 22-year-old Thayer dead at the scene.

Additionally, the driver of the Freightliner was injured and transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment. Although, authorities have not yet released their identity.

A large portion of the roadway was temporarily shutdown to allow for cleanup and preliminary duties. Meanwhile, no other information is available at this time. Further investigations are still underway.

Nevada police are encouraging witnesses to contact authorities at (775) 753-1111.


The team at Sweet James sends out their heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Cole Thayer, who are grieving over the loss of their loved one.


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