Hundreds stranded in Reno when crash shuts down highway to Burning Man |

Hundreds stranded in Reno when crash shuts down highway to Burning Man

Associated Press
This Sunday, Aug 25, 2019, satellite image provided by Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies shows a view over the Burning Man Festival in Gerlach, Nev.
Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP

RENO, Nev. — A fatal crash shut down a rural highway leading to the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s desert, snarling traffic for hours and temporarily stranding hundreds of festival-goers at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The victim of Sunday’s crash was identified Monday as 61-year-old Lonnie Richey of Carson City.

A preliminary investigation indicates he was driving a pickup southbound on a county road near State Route 447 when he crossed the yellow lines and hit a northbound RV. Two RV occupants were treated for minor injuries.

KOLO-TV reports nearly 800 festival-goers spent Sunday night at the airport or found local motel rooms with help from local airport and tourism officials.

Most boarded buses Monday bound for the celebration 100 miles north of Reno.

Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says about 20,000 Burners are expected to travel through the airport this week.

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