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Worker Killed on I-15 Project near Speedway

LAS VEGAS -- A worker has died after being struck by falling material on a construction project along I-15, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The construction accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday and involved equipment falling on the man as he was placing barriers in the median.

The man was not an employee of NDOT, but worked for a subcontractor.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family during this extremely difficult time," NDOT spokesman Damon Hodge said in a statement. "We are saddened by this news. When something like this happens, it gives us all pause."

All but one lane of I-15 northbound near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was closed to traffic. Southbound traffic was being diverted onto the freeway shoulder. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death. 

 

Fire Reported at Recycling Plant

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Fire crews battled a two-alarm blaze at a recycling plant in North Las Vegas Wednesday.

The plant, Secured Fibers, is located on Vandenberg Road near Lone Mountain Road. There are no reports of injuries.

One Dead Following Motorcycle Accident

One Dead Following Motorcycle Accident

LAS VEGAS -- A motorcycle rider is dead after being struck by a vehicle in northeast Las Vegas Sunday afternoon.

Metro Police says the accident happened at 2:14 p.m. on Nellis Boulevard near Cheyenne Avenue in front of the Carefree Mobile Home Park.

Police say a 2012 Ford Focus was traveling northbound along Nellis, when it crossed the median into oncoming traffic. The Ford collided with a 2006 Custom Chopper motorcycle.

The motorcycle rider, a 58-year-old male, died at the scene. The driver of the Ford, 37-year-old Prentiss Bates, did not suffer any injuries. Police arrested Bates for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Clark County Coroner's office will identify the motorcycle rider once next of kin have been notified.

Las Vegas holiday events and light shows for 2014

Photo Courtesy: Ethel M. Holiday Cactus Garden

There are numerous events and displays around the Las Vegas valley for the holiday season. 


Opportunity Village's Magical Forest

The Magical Forest it turned into a winter wonderland as it celebrates more than 20 years with hundreds of dazzling trees, concessions and winter-themed carnival games. It is open from Nov. 21 - Jan. 4. Click here for details.

Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel's Chocolate Wonderland

Experience the annual light display that features more than half-a-million lights. There are visits from Santa every Friday - Sunday until Christmas. The display is open from Nov. 13 to Jan. 1. Admission is free.


Drivers Edge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Drivers Edge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of teenage and young adult drivers learned life-saving skills behind the wheel Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A non-profit that combats teenage car crashes called Driver's Edge teamed up with Nevada's Highway Patrol for the training.

Drivers learned behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction on skid control, evasive lane change maneuvers, anti-lock braking skills and panic-braking techniques.

Instructors are covered the dangers of texting and other distractions, plus written tests designed to test knowledge both before and after students are behind the wheel.

"The skills that we've been given here today; their really something that we can actually use; it's not something that's written in a book; it's something that you've actually lived," said 18-year-old driver Andrew Kalnicki.

Aviation Nation Kicks Off at Nellis Air Force Base

Aviation Nation Kicks Off at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of people came out for Aviation Nation, the annual Nellis Open House and largest free public event in Nevada.

Aviation Nation celebrates 71 years of air power in Las Vegas and the Air Force's accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace.

Several military air demonstration teams, including the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, performed with other military and civilian acts.

Families stood in awe as the planes, jets and drones cruised through the air. One pilot said the best part about Aviation Nation is inspiring future pilots.

"Not to sound too cheesy but the sky is the limit so if these kids dream and really work hard they can achieve their goals," said US Air Force Instructor Pilot Major Seth William Spaner.

Nevada Air Guard Heading to East Coast

The 152nd Airlift Wing departed Tuesday morning with a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from Reno to Moffett Field, Calif.

LAS VEGAS -- Members of the Nevada Air Guard have deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

The 152nd Airlift Wing departed Tuesday morning with a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from Reno to Moffett Field, Calif., to pick up a rescue boat, truck and several Guardian Angel Pararescue airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard.

The plane will then depart later Tuesday for Charlotte, N.C. to assist in the relief efforts, according to the Nevada National Guard.

It is unknown how long the airmen will be helping out with the storm relief efforts.

When they are done on the east coast, about 100 airmen will then deploy to Kuwait by the end of this week.