Friday crash backs up I-40 east of Kingman

KINGMAN - A crash on eastbound Interstate 40 about 10 miles east of Kingman closed the highway for a couple of hours early Friday morning.

The crash occurred about 6 a.m. at milepost 63 when Robert Short, 31, of Walterboro, S.C., lost control of his semi truck and it rolled onto its side.

Short and co-driver Isaac Anderson, 23, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. It appears fatigue may have been a contributing factor to the crash, said Quentin Mehr, spokesman for Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The highway was closed at about 6:20 a.m. and reopened to one lane of traffic at about 8:20 a.m., said Garin Groff, spokesman for Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers encountered delays in travel or used alternate routes recommended by ADOT, including taking Route 66 from Kingman to Seligman, where it reconnects with I-40.

Once one lane was open, traffic cleared and there were no further issues with road conditions, Groff said.