By Shawn Byrne
A two-vehicle collision took the life of one person and another was airlifted Friday, May 22, at around US 93 milepost 178 north of Wickenburg.
A southbound vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and collided with a northbound semi-trailer truck at around 12:30 p.m., according to Arizona Department of Public Safety. The driver of the southbound vehicle did not survive, and a passenger was injured. The truck driver was not injured.
“Unfortunately, I had to drive right by the carnage. Just terrible,” said Paul Gaines of Kingman, who was headed north. “I did not see the actual impact, but cars were rapidly stomping their brakes and quickly slowing down right in front of me. It was obvious it just happened.”
Gaines frequently makes the drive between Kingman and Phoenix on U.S. 93 and is heartened to see the infrastructure construction that is occurring along the route. However, the section of U.S. 93 between Wickenburg and where the highway splits into four lanes at milepost 162 can be dangerous.
“It is the worst,” he said. “I cannot believe it has taken this long to move road advancements in that area.”
Identifying information regarding the deceased were not available to be released, as DPS had not made next of kin notification.