Pickup crashes into mountain, man rescued
Tacna firefighters had to extricate a male passenger from the pickup he was riding in after it crashed into the side of a mountain Thursday afternoon, pinning him inside.
According to Capt. Donald Pelfrey, the accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 8 at mile maker 54, which is in the Mohawk Pass.
Palfrey said the pickup, which had a total of three occupants, had been traveling eastbound on the freeway prior to the crash.
“The vehicle hit the mountain head-on,” Pelfrey said. “The front end was smashed up really bad.”
After extricating the victim, he was transported by Tri-Valley ambulance to the Mohawk Rest stop, where a Care Flight helicopter was waiting to fly him to a Phoenix-area hospital.
“Conditions were just too dangerous to land the helicopter in the mountains,” Palfrey said.
Palfrey said the two other occupants of the pickup refused medical care at the scene.
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety also responded.
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