Reno man sustains fatal injuries in Highway 395 collision

A Reno man sustained fatal injuries from a Wednesday, Feb. 3 Highway 395 collision, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.

At about 5:14 p.m. Wednesday, two vehicles collided head on about 0.5 miles south of Scott Road.

According to the statement, Wesley Anderson, 60, of Reno, was driving his gray Mazda 3 south on Highway 395 south of Scott Road. He attempted to pass a big rig over double yellow lines approaching a curve with the view obstructed by a hill. Witnesses estimated that Anderson was traveling approximately 85 to 90 MPH, the statement read.

Thomas Pourchot, 65, of Doyle, was driving his 2019 gray GMC Sierra north on Highway 395 at 69 MPH around a blind curve when he saw the Mazda driving south at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane. Pourchot attempted to avoid a collision by braking and turning the GMC to right shoulder. Anderson, simultaneously, attempted to take evasive action by turning the Mazda left to the same shoulder of the road, the statement read.

The vehicles collided head-on on the east shoulder of Highway 395 approximately 0.5 miles south of Scott Road. Wesley Anderson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Thomas Pourchot suffered minor injuries and was transported to Renown Hospital for medical treatment.

This collision is currently under investigation.