UPDATE 1:15 p.m: While the collision has been cleared and traffic lanes reopened, Sgt. Bottoms said traffic is backed up for 7 miles through the Virgin River Gorge construction zone.
MESQUITE, Nevada – The Nevada Highway Patrol and Arizona Highway Patrol Division of Arizona Department of Public Safety have confirmed reports of a serious collision on southbound Interstate 15, near Nevada milepost 108, approximately 15 miles south of Mesquite, Nevada, blocking traffic.
The crash will cause a significant traffic backup through the Virgin River Gorge construction zone when the highway is reopened, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.
Motorists traveling through the area are advised to use Highway 91 as an alternate route, Bottoms said, for the next several days due to heavy holiday traffic.
Bottoms also said he urges motorists to always stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them when driving. Following too closely, particularly in a construction zone, creates an unnecessary safety risk, which oftentimes results in drivers skidding off into the median when the car in front of them stops or slows, he said.
Alternate route and tips for drivers
Those seeking to avoid the traffic backup and construction work in the Virgin River Gorge may take Highway 91 as an alternate route. The highway bypasses the Gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Littlefield, Arizona to the south and connecting to St. George at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. See map included in this article.
This is a developing story and may be updated as further details emerge.
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