Thursday, February 27, 2014

Messy Accident on Interstate 40

Interstate 40 - 

On February 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm, firefighters were dispatched to the area of Interstate 40 at the 62 mile marker for reported motor vehicle accident involving a car hauler. E521 and C501 responded from Station 52 (fs52) to find a semi car hauler on its side blocking traffic and in the median and a second vehicle with moderate damage to the side of the vehicle. Firefighters assessed the patients from both vehicle, 4 being transported to an area hospital.

The accident occurred when the car hauler side swiped a passenger car parked on the shoulder, causing the semi to flip into the median. Traffic on Interstate 40 was backed up for a few hours eastbound while the vehicles from the car hauler were removed and lanes cleared. We would like to remind everyone that Arizona has a "Move Over Law" for just this reason. You are required to move  over for vehicles on the side of the road or emergency personnel working on the side of the road. This incident could of been avoided if the driver would have moved over.

Article by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District
Photos by Captain Gail Jackson, Pinion Pine Fire District

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