Update: Names released of the two men killed in Tuesday wreck on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Two men were killed and six others injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore near Sand Harbor State Park.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Edgell, a Ford F350 pickup truck was southbound up the winding two-lane highway when driver Miguel Perez, 26, crossed the center line and struck the trailer of a northbound Cinderlite tractor trailer driven by Mark Thorpe, 54, of Yerington, at about 3:30 p.m., some four miles from the junction with U.S. Highway 50 West.
Edgell said a Ford Taurus carrying two men and two women appeared to have pulled as far right in the lane as possible, but were struck head-on by the Ford pickup. The impact flipped the truck and sent the flattened Taurus into a rock wall lining the road.
The driver, Michael Rapanaro, 57, from New York, and passenger Charles Farlow, 59, of Reno, died at the scene. The highway patrol released the names Wednesday.
Backseat passengers Lori Brown, 57, of Reno, and Rhonda Farlow, 57, were critically injured and taken from the scene by ambulance to a rescue helicopter in Incline Village. They were being treated Wednesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
Perez’s two sons, ages 13 and 14, and an adult male passenger were taken from the scene with moderate injuries. Edgell said Perez suffered minor injuries.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The accident shut down traffic in both directions for about five hours, opening to through traffic at about 8:35 p.m.
Edgell said this accident raises the total of fatalities on Northern Nevada roads between January and July to 36, five shy of the total number of fatalities in 2010.
and#8212; Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.