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NHP: Las Vegas man, 4-year-old daughter escape fiery crash after reckless driver makes unsafe lane change

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A man and his 4-year-old daughter safely escaped a fiery crash on northbound I-15 near the Spaghetti Bowl interchange Thursday after witnesses say a reckless driver made an unsafe lane change, causing a deadly multi-vehicle pileup.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, about 11:15 a.m., a Ford Truck hauling a trailer was towing an off-road vehicle on I-15 northbound en route to US-95 northbound off ramp. At the time of the crash, a sedan traveling northbound on I-15 made an unsafe lane change and traveled across solid white lines on the freeway. The sedan then struck an impact attenuator, or roadside crash cushion, before striking the Ford. Upon impact, both vehicles hit the right wall, then went over the barricade, NHP said.

A worker from the World Market Center nearby heard multiple bangs from within the company's garage elevator. From the sixth floor, French walked to the edge and began recording the scene.

"It sounded like a garbage dumpster being dropped from the sky," Todd French said, who spoke exclusively with FOX5.

French saw the Ford truck dangling from the rail before its male occupant jumped out and removed his daughter from the vehicle. At the same time, French said a Good Samaritan pulled over, exited her vehicle and ran to aid the victims of the crash. 

"She came running back, and down and over the rail to try to get the little girl out," French said. "They got her out before the truck was fully engulfed in flames."

French said the girl appeared to be uninjured after the crash. The Ford truck, however, "went up (in flames) in a matter of minutes."

The Ford landed on top of the sedan, killing the driver of the sedan at the scene. The off-road vehicle separated from the trailer and was then struck by a pick-up truck. The male driver of the Ford and his 4-year-old daughter escaped the crash after a Good Samaritan helped pull the child from the backseat of the Ford.Witnesses at the scene told police the sedan was driving recklessly at the time of the crash.

All other parties involved in the crash were cleared by medical personnel, NHP said. NHP said when the cars hit a nearby power pole, creating live wires exposed, making it unsafe for crews to get to the vehicles until the power has been shut off.

It wasn't immediately clear if there were any passengers in the sedan, NHP said.

NHP advised drivers to use surface streets or take alternate routes, as the crash is expected to impact traffic at rush hour.