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12/30/2012 6:01:00 AM
Rollover creates Kingman roadblock
The start of traffic that was backed up on U.S. 93 to the Golden Valley exit.
The start of traffic that was backed up on U.S. 93 to the Golden Valley exit.

JC Amberlyn
Staff Photographer

A semi-truck that overturned on the Interstate 40 exit as the driver was trying to turn onto Beale Street had traffic jammed for hours starting Friday morning. The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. but wasn't completely cleared until early evening. Kingman Fire Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said the semi's load of produce shifted during the turn, causing the trailer to flip onto its side. "We were fortunate there wasn't a car underneath it when it flipped," he said. The two occupants of the semi had very minor injuries, Johnston said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Lowe

The fact that with proper rigging and proper training that this T&T could have been safely up righted with the 2x35 ton winches and boom on 1st truck and 2x25 ton winches and boom on the 2nd truck on this scene is nil. That fact that nobody was hurt or killed in the process is what counts. So to the ears of Arizona D.P.S. and A.D.O.T. it is time to change how such events pan out because this scene was poorly managed on a lot of levels things need to change. We need a competent well trained (certified) company to handle the safety issues on such matters that can expeditiously re open our highways. I would personally look to mentors such as Ewing Bros. out of Las Vegas whom regularly train their employees and does joint training with their local emergency personnel in the event of mass casualties a rotator out of Vegas could have handled this job in less time round trip. Proper rigging and training is what we need because you would not let a kid in pre med do your heart surgery on you why risk lives out on the highway.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Lowe

I for one am personally concerned for the well being of the general public, as well as emergency personnel on scene, I could care less about the hours of traffic. Considering that Arizona D.P.S. requires absolutely no training for its rotational tow operators is a problem in itself and leaves the possibility for someone on or near a wreck scene being killed by negligence and inexperience. To my knowledge there is not one certified operator in Kingman and these needs to change. In California every employee of a tow company is required to be certified by C.T.T.A. (California Tow Truck Association) before being placed on C.H.P. rotation. I have trained with Steve Cardinal of C.T.T.A. as well as Wes Wilburn formerly of and have personally worked a huge percentage of the wrecks and recoveries in the region the past 5 and ½ years with no incident or delay of this sort. As far as the comment about the show Wrecked I will say is nowhere near what the real world of towing in Mohave County is like.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Anyone ever watch the show "Wrecked"?
It's just not a simple hook and pull when you have a loaded trailer and tractor on it's side. 2 big rotators and it still would have taken hours.

And as I remember...additional avoidable damage caused by the tow operator is their responsibility.

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: jeffrey budgett

However when we were trying to flip. The tractor trailer over the side of the reefer trailer. Staffed to rip and bouldge out we didn't want to continue to flip over and the whole load be left on the ground and a bigger mess that is already their you've got to remember that load belongs to somebody and if I could have just drug the truck and trailer down the road and into somebody's parking lot to deal with it I would have but the trailer was compermissed and me and adot talked and we didn't want a bigger mess that was already their bad enough it was a holiday weekend for traffic

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Normal Guy

It's 2013. We have by now invented all these cool pieces of equipment that work great in cleaning this mess up in less that 8 hours or however it took. (cranes, tractors, tow trucks) Looks to me like the tractor/trailer is in pretty good shape. Flip that bad boy over on the wheels roll it outta there and get these people back on the road. 80,000#'s isn't much these days. This shouldn't have been such a big deal.

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: jeffrey budgett

I love how people (complain) on how to clean. Up a account when it come to a truck and trailer that weighs 80,000 LBS it takes a lot of work to clean it up. And I am the tow truck driver from the account

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Get With it Miner, Get Answers

Well said, Ho. We do want answers. We expect the police chief Devries to respond.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Ho Lee Chit

To: I wonder,
It is ironic that you want us all to keep our mouths shut and never vent on these boards, yet you use the same board to vent at us! I say welcome to the 21st century. This "whiner' thing you write about, is everywhere now and if you don't agree with it, fine. Then you must use self-control and politely re-butt the talking points or ignore them altogether. NOT criticize. It makes YOU look small.

There is a fine line between a lynch mob and a few disgruntled people. In this instance the traffic snafu affected thousands. That is why it made the paper. All we thousands want is some explanations. Is that too much to ask? We haven’t called for anybody to get fired, nor have we demanded any restitution. We have just told our sob stories to anybody else who might be interested. You know, misery loves company.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: I Wonder

Yep another case of " I angry when it affects me " and "I am a situational expert". Better yet.....I am a whiner.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Who needs govt? not me I think we should cut it to the bone. What you whiners had something else to do besides sit trapped on 93 like me for 1 hour? Cut some more taxes for the rich. Don't worry about them they have helicopters. We don't need to waste money on updated ramps and alternative ways around this mess. And much of this mess could have been avoided if the county had message boards in Golden Valley. The way around was Aztec to Shinnarump and back on to the 40, but if there was a board there I didn't see it. It seems to me that after an hour or so a portable reader board could have been set up to help people avoid this mess. But who needs govt. keep voting Republican you will get your wish.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Front end loaders work wonders when clearing semi truck accidents.

The safe removal of contents should not be a priority when dealing with a major north south highway and the free flow of traffic.

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: STUCK IN TRAFFIC

We were stuck in this parking lot from near Chloride all the way up to I-40. We left Vegas at 1:30 AZ time, pulled into the Wendy's right by the intersection at 6:15pm. FOUR HOUR BACKUP. "Accident Ahead" warning sign was placed about 20' AFTER the Happy Valley exit. No way around this backup. Why isn't there a way to re-route traffic when this happens?

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: action versus muddle through

Yes, this whole fiasco needs more attention. From the person directing traffic (My spouse was FIRST in line and they kept directing all other traffic but her line of cars for over 25 minutes!) to the clean-up team, to the person responsible for reporting the accident, all the way up to the people designing the forthcoming new interchange.
What would happen if hazardous waste had spilled? The lanes would probably still be closed!
The procedures governing things like this needs to be looked at so they don't muddle through something like this again.
Fire-drill anyone?

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Site Steward

I learned from ADOT that shortly after 1 p.m. US 93 southbound was closed at junction of SR 68 because of the crash. In clearing the rolled-over semi, parts of the truck spread to the southbound lanes, requiring it to be closed while crews picked up the pieces and made the road safe for vehicle travel.

However, to make the traffic situation incredibly worse, it was not until 1:05 p.m. that the electronic message board at milepost 66 on US 93 southbound was activated, warning drivers of the crash and closure.

Just before 1 p.m I noticed that the electronic message board on SR 68 at milepost 26 was also not activated.

ADOT said that the reason that the DMS board on US 93 was not activated sooner was because it faces southbound drivers and that no closures, restrictions or crash-related traffic delays were reported to the ADOT Traffic Operations Center in Phoenix. Finally, when the closure was reported, the board was promptly activated to alert drivers to the incident.

At 1:58 p.m. US 93 southbound was reopened at SR 68 and at 2 p.m. the ramp that connects I-40 westbound to US 93 northbound was reopened.

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Why Did It Take Over 8 Hrs to Clean Up?

Understanding it was a large semi with a large load might explain an hour or so delay but we were coming through the accident seen at 7:30 that night and it still was not cleaned up. We were stuck in traffic for 1 hour. What is the problem in this town with those responsible for clearing an accident site? We want answers. Poor article. Follow up needed.

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: d l

Very poorly handled by emergency personnel, traffic was stuck for hours! I've seen accidents involving fatalities finished up in less time than this! R I D I C U L O U S!

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

An accident at Beale & I-40, invoving a semi-truck??? How is that possible? It's such a safe and secure intersection, with very little traffic, and the semi-truck drivers are so polite and know exactly where they're going all the time!
I don't see any problem here!

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