Christmas Eve ended in tragedy Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. when two vehicles on Hwy-68 collided head-on at Adobe Road in Golden Valley. One person died and three others were seriously injured in the collision between a passenger vehicle and pickup truck. Firefighters worked quickly to extricate the injured and prepare them for transport to KRMC. One passenger of the pickup truck was reportedly flown to Las Vegas for treatment. The name of the driver who lost their life is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Westbound Hwy-68 was blocked for nearly four hours while being investigated by DPS.
(photo: courtesy Butch Meriwether)
Golden Valley Fire District personnel (left to right) Assistant Fire Chief Ted Martin, Fire Captain Dave Cunningham, Firefighter-Paramedic Gus Alverez (kneeling with a bear on his shoulders), Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Beckes and Firefighter-EMT Robert Henley proudly stand with some of the toys collected and donated to the local Toys For Tots Program. All of the toys collected in northern Mohave County are distributed to needy children in Kingman, Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, Golden Valley and the surrounding areas. Those individuals who would like to donate toys or register their children for the Toys For Tots Program to receive toys for Christmas can call (928) 718-TOYS.
(photo: courtesy Butch Meriwether)
Golden Valley Head Start Christmas Bicycle Giveaway
Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) Golden Valley Head Start students are all smiles Thursday after they received early Christmas presents and bicycles at the a party held at the Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD) Public Safety Training Center at 423 S. Colorado Road. The head start program for children ages three through five located at the Black Mountain School, received 20 bicycles (some children were not present for the giveaway, but will receive their presents and bikes) from an anonymous donor and the presents were donated by Valley Pioneer Water Company customers. Present at the bicycle giveaway were (left to right) Head Start Teacher Lorena Belcher, GVFD Fire Captain Dave Cunningham, GVFD Volunteer Firefighter-EMT Matt Gore, GVFD Firefighter-Paramedic David Guerrero, Head Start Parents’ Committee President Sarah Carter, GVFD Firefighter-EMT Robert Henley, Head Start Center Manager Leigh Battle, GVFD Battalion Chief Dave Martin, and Helper Amber Zumwalt. The GVFD provided the venue to Head Start for their bicycle giveaway and also assisted with passing out the bikes during the event. Not present in the photo, but assisting in the present and toy giveaway, were GVFD Firefighter-Paramedic Gus Alverez, GVFD Volunteer Firefighter Neal Bellew, Valley Pioneer Water Company employees Amber Borden and Cindy Waers.
Assistant Fire Chief Ted Martin and server Rachael Frey engage in conversation with a family from Canada last night as part of the MiKid fundraiser event. “Turkey Wars” is an annual event held at the original Denny’s Restaurant in Kingman to raise funds for Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MiKid) to help feed them and their families this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Golden Valley Firefighters have assisted with this event for the past six years, giving back to their community.
People are invited to come to Denny’s to eat and support this important community event. Nancy Osborn, Family Support Coordinator for MiKid, says sharing a meal is an easy way to give to this cause by simply having dinner together. After several hours on his feet, Assistant Chief Martin agreed he would much rather fight fires than be a waiter as he bussed tables and served food to those in attendance. Firefighters are donating their time, Servers are donating 100% of their tips and Denny’s is donating 10% of all sales between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 pm to the MiKid cause through this Wednesday.
Assistant Fire Chief Ted Martin and Rachael Frey serve up food and fun at last night’s “MiKid” event
Golden Valley Firefighters responded to a two-car collision Friday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. that sent a couple to KRMC, both for unspecified injuries. The westbound pickup truck with two occupants reportedly was struck on the driver’s side by a vehicle that crossed northbound at Egar Road, striking the westbound truck. The driver and occupant stated they were en route to a Bullhead City hospital to pick up a relative who was just released from the hospital. Both vehicles, which missed striking an unoccupied school bus that was in the intersection, were off the roadway so traffic flow was only slightly affected while emergency responders extricated the passenger of the pickup truck. The driver of the car was uninjured. The accident is under investigation by DPS.
Photo: Emergency crews put the driver of the pickup on a gurney in preparation for transport while the occupant is extricated out the passenger door.
(Photo courtesy: Butch Meriwether)
The driver of this fully loaded semi took a wild ride Monday morning about 9:00 am when he left Hwy-93 southbound at highway speeds after traveling approximately 250 feet off road, ending up about 100 feet off the highway through the cattle fence. The semi truck, reportedly hauling beer, left the highway and cut a ditch along the west side of the highway, and despite the rough terrain remained on its wheels. The driver was transported to KRMC for unspecified injuries. Despite the appearance, the semi truck sustained heavy damage and the undercarriage appeared to be completely destroyed from the impact. Firefighters and ADOT crews worked to plug multiple fuel tanks which ruptured. The highway wasn’t blocked for the entire incident, DPS officials investigated the cause and scene of the accident.
Saturday morning at 11:30 am, Golden Valley Firefighters extinguished a car fire that appeared abandoned after the tow vehicle left the scene. The late model Mercedes was over halfway engulfed in flames when firefighters extinguished the vehicle. MCSO detectives on scene did the investigation after the fire was doused. The roadway was blocked for approximately 30-minutes while firefighters and the MCSO detective searched the vehicle for information needed to identify the owner.
Golden Valley Firefighters had their hands full when they responded to a single vehicle rollover on Hwy-93 at Mile-Post-60 at 9:30 Wednesday night where two persons were critically injured. Initially reported as northbound, DPS and GVFD crews were unable to locate the accident, however it was discovered about 100 feet off the west side of the southbound lanes when GVFD crews discovered skid marks that led to the accident. The vehicle had rolled multiple times, ejecting one female passenger who was discovered about 30-feet from the vehicle, on the other side of the highway fence in some brush. The Dodge Durango came to rest on the driver’s side, pinning the female driver underneath. It appears neither the driver nor passenger, both in their mid 20’s, were wearing their seatbelts. Firefighters skillfully removed the roof while supporting the vehicle so it would not further crush the trapped driver. Both patients were transported to KRMC. DPS official are investigating the cause of the accident. Golden Valley Fire Captain Dave Cunningham reminded readers of the importance of properly wearing your seatbelt to keep occupants inside the vehicle to improve your odds of surviving violent accidents such as this.
Golden Valley Firefighters responded in force Sunday at 10:53 am to a collision between two semi truck and trailers on Hwy-40 Eastbound at the Griffith Road exit about mile post 37. Following the collision, the rear semi burst into flames and quickly engulfed the demolished cab and spread to the trailer of the semi in front. First arriving crews reported two semis, both traveling Eastbound, where one collided into the rear of the other at an unknown speed. Golden Valley Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue reported a “Debris field” of over 200-feet along both eastbound lanes and into the median, stopping traffic completely for over two hours while fire crews extinguished the fully engulfed semi tractor and trailer, and the trailer of the semi in front. Both trucks were carrying non-hazardous loads, one being plastic boxes and the other containing produce. Three patients from the two semis were transported to the hospital, the driver of the rear semi from California was airlifted to Las Vegas Trauma center for traumatic injuries and burns, and the driver of the front semi from New York was transported to KRMC along with a passenger, officials could not identify which vehicle he was in. In all, six fire apparatus responded with two chief officers and one unit from Yucca Fire to assist. DPS and Fire Officials re-opened the roadway approximately 6-hours after the collision.