The driver of a full-size Dodge pickup truck had to be transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center following a wreck on Highway 68 in Golden Valley.
According to the Golden Valley Fire Department, the driver, a man in his 60s, was traveling at the posted highway speed when he rear-ended a semi-trailer that was delivering supplies to a construction site next to a propane business.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud crash upon impact and then saw the pickup truck buried under the trailer.
The man was able to exit the vehicle by himself.
No Passengers in Truck Bed
Firefighter Bryon Kimber noted that a quad from the bed of the truck slammed into the rear passenger compartment, so it was lucky no one was traveling in the back seat during the collision.
The semi-trailer’s driver was treated at the scene, choosing to not be transported to the hospital.
The highway was partially blocked for about two hours following the crash.
A Reminder to Remove Distractions
While it’s unclear what exactly caused this wreck, it can serve as an important reminder to remove any and all distractions possible before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Distracted Driving Factor in Truck Crash
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any and all distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Here is a list of typical distractions.
- Texting – this is far and above the most alarming distraction because this requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.
- Using a cell phone or smartphone to make a call, check your email, play a game, or update your social media
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming – brushing your hair, shaving, applying make-up
- Reading – this includes reading maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Source: Daily Miner, Chain-reaction crash in Golden Valley, March 3, 2014
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