KINGMAN - The Laughlin Bridge was closed to traffic for approximately 11 hours through Wednesday evening after a semi-tractor trailer ran the red light at the intersection of Nevada Route 163 and Casino Drive, causing a four-car accident that left five injured.
State Trooper Kevin Honea with the Nevada State Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 2:50 p.m. when the semi, approaching the bridge from the Nevada side along Route 163, hit a Chevy Silverado that had been making a left turn from the Arizona side onto Casino Drive.
The collision pushed the Silverado into two other vehicles, while the semi proceeded eastbound off the road and down an embankment into the river, taking a section of fence with it.
"We're not sure at this point whether it was brake failure or whether he just ran the red light," Honea said.
Of the five injured, two were treated and released while two more were admitted to
Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City. The driver of the semi was admitted to WARMC then later transported to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. None of the injuries sustained by any of the parties were life-threatening, Honea said.
Any charges that could be levied against the driver of the semi are pending the outcome of the police investigation.
The semi also spilled a small amount of fuel into the river, estimated at between 50 and 60 gallons, which was quickly contained by members of the Bullhead City Fire Department.
Traffic approaching from both sides of the river was rerouted to the Veterans Memorial Bridge adjacent to the Avi Resort and Casino several miles to the south.
Wednesday's accident was the second along the Laughlin Bridge in just four days. The bridge was closed for 13 hours through Saturday night after a diesel tanker experienced brake failure as it was approaching the bridge from the Nevada side at around 8 p.m.
The resulting accident involved six other vehicles, injuring four people and spilling more than 4,500 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.