Cops say a Dodge Challenger sped past a red light and crashed with at least 5 other vehicles before coming to a stop. The Saturday afternoon crash that involved 18 persons occurred just after 3 p.m. local time. The ages of the victims varied from extremely young to middle-aged, according to police. Nine people have been reported to be dead and at least one of the wounded victims is now in serious condition at the hospital, according to reports.

At the junction of Commerce Street and Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas, the Dodge Challenger ran through a red light, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD).

Several people were struck by the car. “Speed was a factor,” according to officers.

The Dodge Challenger’s driver was one among the victims.

Alexander Cuevas, an NLVPD Officer, said: “Tonight officers are investigating a mass-tragedy traffic collision.

So far this involves six vehicles and speed is a factor.

“As for the initial vehicle, it is a Dodge Challenger that was going northbound on Commerce approaching Cheyenne at a high rate of speed and with that, it struck multiple vehicles and unfortunately it was a chaotic event.

“There is more information to be released as offices further their investigations into this incident.”

He added: “We have not seen a mass casualty traffic collision like this before.”

A six-vehicle crash south of Las Vegas killed four individuals about three weeks ago.

On the morning of January 10, a Cadillac and a Toyota truck crashed on the northbound side of Interstate 15 near Jean.

Three persons were killed instantly when the Toyota caught fire and exploded into flames. At the scene, the lady driver of the Cadillac was also pronounced dead. Nevada’s highways were the most dangerous in a decade and a half last year.