4 kids hurt when SUV hits big rig on I-40
KINGMAN - Four people, including three children, were injured after an SUV struck the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 40 Sunday afternoon.
The Department of Public Safety said a 31-year-old Phoenix woman was driving eastbound on I-40 near Beale Street around 4 p.m. when her 1995 Ford Explorer rear-ended a semi-truck as it was in the right lane climbing a steep grade.
Inside the woman's vehicle was a 14-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy. The younger two were transported to a local hospital while the older two children were airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas.
DPS officers said no one in the Ford Explorer was wearing a seat belt. The department added that impairment has not been ruled out as a factor pertaining to the driver of the Explorer in this crash.
Eastbound lanes were closed for about 30 minutes while the accident was cleared.