KINGMAN - A couple from California sustained serious traumatic injuries late Tuesday afternoon when the driver of a semi-truck crossed the Interstate 40 median and crashed into their westbound pickup truck.
According to Bill Johnston, a battalion chief with the Kingman Fire Department, witnesses said the 72-year-old driver of the semi appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel just prior to the 4:20 p.m. collision.
Johnston believes the driver either suffered a medical episode or fell asleep just prior to the accident.
While he sustained minor injuries, the driver of the semi refused medical attention, said Johnston.
The truck driver was heading east near milepost 51 when he crossed the median and struck a late model Chevrolet pickup truck heading west and driven by a 57-year-old California man.
Both the man and his 58-year-old passenger, a woman who might be his wife, sustained major traumatic injuries, said Johnston.
They were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center. Attempts to determine their names, hometowns and medical conditions were not immediately successful.
Two engines and a heavy rescue unit responded to the crash site, said Johnston. The occupants of the pickup truck had to be extricated.