Pickup crashes into moun­tain, man res­cued

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

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.

James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Face­book at www. Face­book.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

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