Van rolls, comes to rest in parking space |

Van rolls, comes to rest in parking space

A Carson City man was transported by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center after his Ford Econostar van rolled once around a bend on Highway 50 at Zephyr Cove.

Robert Wilcox suffered head injuries in the single-car accident that occurred a couple of minutes after noon Wednesday. His passenger, Diane Wilcox, 55, was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital after complaining of chest pains, said Tahoe-Douglas Battalion Chief Ken Poohachoff.

Wilcox was listed in serious condition at Washoe with spinal cord injuries, a nurse supervisor said.

The van was traveling westbound on Highway 50 when it lost control, rolled over once and settled in the driveway of a residence. It appeared as if Wilcox had backed the car into the space.

Jim Masterson and Wayne McIntosh, two Nevada Department of Transportation workers, were installing snow poles on the side of the westbound lanes when Wilcox lost control.

The two said they had to scurry up a hillside to avoid being hit.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District firefighters ripped the passenger seat to get to Wilcox, who lay crumpled behind the driver’s seat.

The van’s left rear tire rested on a blue kayak while the front right tire was flat. An outside bedroom wall was cracked and slightly damaged. The resident was not at home at the time of the accident.

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