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4/12/2013 6:01:00 AM
Truck wrecks near Kingman; two injured
GVFD/CourtesyThe Golden Valley Fire Department responded to this early-morning semi crash on Thursday. The driver and his passenger were injured.

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to this early-morning semi crash on Thursday. The driver and his passenger were injured.

GOLDEN VALLEY - Two men were injured early Thursday morning after the 19-year-old truck driver lost control of the semi on Interstate 40 at milepost 44.

Golden Valley firefighters responded to the rollover accident at about 6:20 a.m.

The cab landed on its roof facing opposing traffic.

The trailer, which was full of food items, ripped open and spilled its contents.

According to the Golden Valley Fire Department, the driver could not explain how he lost control before the crash, which injured him and a passenger who was in the sleeper.

Sierra West out of Santa Ana, Calif., owns the truck, according to the fire department.

Traffic was down to one lane for roughly an hour.

Both men were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, according to the fire department.

Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety are investigating.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

Looks like another case of states right's trumping safety for the rest of us! Why do we allow our government to put us in danger....the only purpose allowing this boy to drive in Arizona did was lead to this tragedy!

The same state legislators who allowed this want to allow us to discriminate against people we don't like and allow mining companies to ignore federal regulations. Don't fall for the propaganda!

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: old fart MR.C.

@People Amaze Me. How about a comment, thank goodness no one was killed, That was a gimme the article stated the obvious.
What was not so apparent to most readers was the much larger question, what was a 19 year old doing behind a 18 wheeler. Speaking for myself, anytime people walk away from such scene as depicted in the picture with no life treating injuries i happen to be one of those who does thank god.
What bothers me and it should you, how many more 17,19,20 year old are out there risking your life & mine, because someone some where doesn't care about the rules and regulation put out by the department of transportation, Meant to safe guard the public and the driver's of those big rigs.
What then? are you still going to be one of those who well say thank goodness no one was killed. Driver of those big rigs are what link this country together from coast to coast and no care's more about having them come home safely ever time, then me.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: people amaze me

how about a comment like, thank goodness nobody was killed?

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: For what it's worth MR.C.

Using U.S. D.O.T. Reg
Qualifications of Drivers or Operators
398.3 part (c) Minimum Age and Experience Requirements In part reads (1) minimum age shall be 21 years of age. This young man Under U.S. D.O.T. Reg By law both he & hes employer are in violation.
Having lost a brother on interstate 10 in N.M. because a driver of another semi did not properly place or mark he's disable unit and it cost two individuals their lives. So, when i see, read or hear of an accident, especially one involving a 18 wheeler i think of those involve and those at home.

I wish this young driver a speedy recovery and he's trainer as well, with a word of caution always come home safe and sound "if this be your choice of vocation in life". That coming from one who has twenty plus years driving O.T.R. with another twenty five local.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Wife of Husband who was there ...

I would like to make a correction about this article....

1) they did not arrive until almost 645, my husband was present at 620-630 and the only ones there was DPS.

OH! & it was carrying Top-Ramen haha (my husband has more detailed photos up on FB)

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Stoneberger

@George Merrill.....

A person can receive their CDL at the age of 18. But are not allowed to drive across interstate lines, they must stay with in the state lines of the state they received their CDL from.

Even though this truck was owned by a California company, they could have hired the young man from Arizona to work in the Arizona state only.

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Truckers Wife

As the wife of a trucker who is a trainer, I can not answer the age question but I can answer the question regarding the trainer. While all companies are different, trainee runs a certain amount of time in passenger seat, then so much time in the drivers seat with trainer in passenger seat, then they go to "team status" meaning one drives and one sleeps. They are not babysat the whole time they are training.

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: george merrill

first off what is a 19 year old doing driving a cmv(commercial motor vehicle) most insurance company's wont insure a driver that young in a commercial vehicle.2nd he obviously must be training and if this is the case why was his trainer in the sleeper? 3rd when you train another driver you as a trainer are supposed to be in the front of the cab monitoring your trainee when they are driving for obvious reasons.

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Food Donation

Anyone inquired if this food can be donated to the local food banks??

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

19 years old? Isn't that a little young to be driving a semi...bus drivers have to be 21!

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