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7/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Dust storm triggers crash involving four vehicles
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Ten people riding in four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash Thursday during a dust storm.
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Ten people riding in four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash Thursday during a dust storm.
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

MEADVIEW - A four-vehicle crash in a dust storm left two people seriously injured early Thursday evening on Pierce Ferry Road and Greg's Hideout in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

According to Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter, the driver of a Ford pickup drove into the dust storm early Thursday evening and struck the vehicle in front of him. The collision caused a chain reaction that involved two other vehicles.

The three vehicles in front of the truck had either slowed or stopped, said Carter.

Two tourists from Germany in a Jeep Liberty were flown to a Las Vegas hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

The remaining eight people were treated at the scene but refused additional treatment or transportation, according to Patrick Moore, Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District chief.

The driver of the Ford pickup was identified as an employee of Grand Canyon West.

Carter said the four damaged vehicles were towed from the scene.

In addition to the MCSO and NACFD, the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Department, Care Flight, National Park Service and a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management responded.

The investigation continues.

"Motorists are reminded that when they find themselves in a blowing dust storm, to pull off as far off the right side of the road as safely possible, turn off the vehicle's lights and take their foot off the brake," said Carter.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

NO ROBERT, ))) NO LIGHTS AT ALL ((( !!!! people cant see, become disoriented and will follow any light they can find. If it is your flashing lights they will find you at around 50 mph. The fools who will not pull over are also the ones who dont have the sence to even slow down.
THE RULES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN, TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS. and they work


Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: DUST STORM PRECAUTIONS

Motorists are asked to pull OFF the road and turn OFF all lights and not step on the brake to illuminate brake lights. Other motorists may see the lights and think they are not on the road and try to "follow" the other lights - causing a collision.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

did LMRFD get paid??

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

I'd also like a clarification on the "lights off and foot off the brake" thing. I'm guessing it might be to prevent a vehicle coming up from behind causing a worse accident by panicking and jamming on their brakes and they themselves cause a chain reaction?

Pull over and flashers on would seem to be the best advice, dunno...


Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Day

I CAN UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE PRECAUTIONS FOR ONE SAFETY BUT I THINK TURNING THE CAR LIGHT OFF IS NOT REQUIRED IN FACT I WOULD TURN MY FLASHERS ON AFTER PULLING OVER




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