Crash closes highway

GOLDEN VALLEY - Motorists trying to drive to or from the Bullhead City and Laughlin areas on state Highway 68 found their way blocked on July 5.

Around 2:30 p.m., two trucks collided on the route at milepost 14, closing both lanes for more than six hours.

A car hauler drove into the back of a tanker truck, an Arizona Department of Public Safety release stated.

The tanker truck, carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline, was heading in the same direction as the hauler in the westbound lanes. Both trucks caught fire.

The tanker truck came to a rest and burned in the westbound lanes. The car hauler crossed the median and came to a rest and burned in the eastbound lanes. All eight cars on the car hauler, including one that fell off, burned.

David Alan Adams, 41, the driver of the car hauler was flown to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Las Vegas by Careflight for third-degree burns covering more than 70 percent of his body after being treated by the GVFD and River Medical.

Savador Micuel Pizano, 43, the driver of the tanker truck was transported to the Kingman Regional Medical Center for evaluation after he complained of chest pains.

The Golden Valley Fire Department initially responded to the scene. Due to the nature of the incident, units from the Bullhead City, Fort Mohave Mesa and the Kingman fire departments with the Bureau of Land Management provided mutual aid. DPS hazardous materials officers, patrol officers and the Arizona Department of Transportation emergency response units also responded to assist with the emergency.

There were no injuries to any of the response personnel.

Both the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed until 9:20 p.m. as the fire department incident commander along with DPS hazardous materials officers and other fire department command officers on scene decided to let the gasoline tanker burn out. This avoided a larger hazardous materials incident and lessened the cleanup of the aftermath, GVFD Assistant Chief Jeff Sayre said.

DPS is investigating the crash.