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Dayton Residents Say Portion of Highway 50 Not Safe

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After another horrible accident Wednesday afternoon, many residents living along Highway 50 say it's time something changes to make that road safer.

The stretch of Highway 50 we're talking about runs from Carson City to the Silver Springs area.

In the last 5-and-a-half years, 24 people have been killed in accidents on Highway 50 from Carson City through Churchill County.

Today, a man was transported by Care Flight with unknown injuries after he rear-ended a black Subaru with his motorcycle between Carson City and Moundhouse.

The driver of that car was also taken to an area hospital.

Just yesterday, Ellis and Louise Erwin were driving a white pickup eastbound on Highway 50 when for unknown reasons -- they drifted into oncoming traffic.

They hit a white Toyota Camry, driven by Michelle Stratton head-on.

All three died on scene.

Some residents say the 60-mile per hour speed limit should be reduced.

"It's just too fast of a highway and there's nothing to prevent someone from making a mistake and being on the wrong side," says Andrew Pobirs.

Last August, four people were killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision involving three vehicles.

And in December of 2010, a 26-year-old woman died in a head-on collision because of icy conditions.

Both accidents happened in the Dayton area.

Pobirs says they might be alive today, if there was a center barrier.

"Those concrete barriers aren't that wide and it sure would push you back in your own lane if you make a mistake. It would reduce the ability of someone coming onto the wrong side in a head-on collision. It's double-speed impacts."

Tire marks remain on this barrier from a previous accident in the same spot as today's crash.

"In the past, it has done well and barriers themselves do help in keeping the crash on one side instead, reducing a head-on crash," says Sgt. Simpson.

As Dayton's population grows, Pobirs worries accidents will also go up and could affect nearby schools.

"The school buses are coming in and out, so it puts the kids at risk and the school bus drivers obviously can't go fast enough when they're turning."

The Nevada Department of Transportation says they are in the process of widening the road to four lanes all the way to Silver Springs.

They also plan on putting an underpass in at State Route 342, and dividers through Moundhouse.

Written by Paul Nelson

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