DPS releases names of 5 killed in I-40 wrong-way crash Friday
KINGMAN – Arizona Department of Public Safety has released the names of the five people killed in a wrong-way crash Friday on Interstate 40 near mile marker 36 about 15 miles southwest of Kingman.
DPS Trooper Kameron Lee, public information officer, said Harold Wayne Wickham, 82 of Laughlin, was the driver of the wrong-way vehicle. He died at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Wickham was driving a 2010 Nissan sedan.
His passenger, Ella Wickham, 90 of Laughlin, died at the scene.
Harold Wickham was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a black, 2015 Honda sedan carrying three people from New York.
All three died at the scene. Tsun Tong Chan, 57, was the driver of the Honda. Wai Kam Ngai, 54, and Ching Kwong Chan, 21, also were killed on-scene.
Yucca Fire Department and American Medical Response were first on the scene and requested assistance from Golden Valley Fire District.
Golden Valley Battalion Chief David Martin said his department responded with three personnel, including himself.
The Nissan remained in the westbound lanes of I-40, and the Honda had rolled over into the median.
“There were parts all over,” Martin told The Daily Miner about what he saw when he first arrived on scene. “It wasn’t good.”
A CareFlight helicopter responded as well to the accident, but was not used as AMR took Wickham to KRMC.
The collision occurred at about 9:05 a.m. and initially closed westbound I-40. The highway first partially reopened, and is now completely open.
DPS said the crash is still under investigation and details will be released as they become available.