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Major freeway incident sends a family of six to the hospital

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 10th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Northwest Fire District

MARANA — Northwest Fire District firefighters responded to their second major freeway incident within 12 hours on July 8, when a single vehicle sport SUV rolled over on I-10 at Ina road.

The vehicle was traveling eastbound, just above Ina Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle rolled several times. The six occupants are from one family that was traveling from Tempe to Tucson when the incident occurred.

A 19 year-old male was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled and was in critical condition. Two of the occupants were trapped in the vehicle and crews had to use the Jaws of Life™ to free them by removing the roof and doors. The remaining three passengers were out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of emergency crews. Four of the passengers were transported with minor injuries, one with serious injuries and the 19 year-old with critical injuries. All the patients were transported by ground ambulance to the Trauma Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center’s central campus.

The eastbound I-10 traffic was diverted off Ina Road while crews treated and transported the victims. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) kept the roadway closed during their investigation into the cause of the rollover.

The first incident on July 8 involved a semi that closed eastbound I-10 for several hours after it crossed the median taking the cables from the median restraint system with it, as well as causing damage to the roadway that had to be repaired before the road could open. Minor injuries occurred in the first incident.

Northwest Fire would like to remind all the following safety messages regarding the highway travel:

·Always make sure that the vehicle you are traveling in is in good mechanical condition. Especially the tires.

·Driver fatigue: make sure drivers are well rested for travel

·Driver distraction: text messaging and other distractions can cause accidents. Never text and driver at the same time, always keep your attention on the road. Eating while trying to drive is also hazardous.

·Never drink and drive.

For the complete article see the 08-01-2012 issue.

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