Rear-end crash on I-15 in Arizona injures 2

Scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 near mile marker 7, Mohave County, Ariz., June 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two drivers were injured in a crash on Interstate 15 in northern Arizona early Sunday morning.

Scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 near mile marker 7, Mohave County, Ariz., June 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

The two-vehicle collision reportedly occurred at 6:15 a.m. at mile marker 7, near Beaver Dam and Littlefield.

Trooper Stephen Hughes of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said the two vehicles involved were a Kia Sportage and a Toyota Camry, each with an adult male driver as its only occupant.

Both vehicles were heading south at the time of the collision, Hughes said, adding that the Kia was traveling in the No. 2 inside lane.

“He said he had his cruise control set and he doesn’t remember anything from the crash,” Hughes said of the Kia driver. “The other vehicle rear-ended him, and his vehicle went through the median and ended up right next to the northbound lanes.”

Meanwhile, the Camry ended up in the middle of the median between the southbound and northbound lanes.

Multiple units from the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District responded to the crash.

Scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 near mile marker 7, Mohave County, Ariz., June 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

“It was initially reported that one of the vehicles was on fire and all northbound traffic lanes were blocked,” the fire district posted on its Facebook page. “The fire had been extinguished prior to our arrival with a fire extinguisher.”

The two drivers were taken by ambulance to separate area hospitals for evaluation and treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Hughes said.

“The driver in the Camry, the back vehicle, he did get a citation,” Hughes said, adding that the cause of the crash is still under investigation. “The other driver was on his way to see his kids for Father’s Day, so now they’re having to come pick him up from the hospital.”

The left lane of northbound I-15 was temporarily closed while responders worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and had to be towed away.

This report is based on statements from law enforcement personnel and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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