One dead, 14 hurt in crash near Las Vegas

Las Vegas police investigate a traffic accident near the hotel and casino where the Miss Universe pageant was being held.
PHOTO: Reuters

Update: Las Vegas police says it is not clear whether the deadly crash was intentional or not.

LAS VEGAS - One person was killed and at least 14 were injured on Sunday night in what Las Vegas police called a"major accident" near the hotel and casino where the Miss Universe pageant was being held, officials said.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the 14 survivors of the incident on the famed Las Vegas Strip included men, women and one child. Two adults were in critical condition and the others were in serious condition, Cohen said.

Cohen said many of the injured spoke French and requested translators, indicating they could have been tourists visiting the area, which is lined with casinos and luxury resorts.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper said a car ran into a throng of pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, injuring as many as 30 people.

 

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That tally could not be independently confirmed by Reuters. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provided only limited information on its Twitter account and could not be reached immediately for further details.

Police warned people to avoid the area and said the strip had been closed to traffic in the vicinity.

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