I-8 Crash in Arizona Leads to Vehicle Rollovers in Median

I-8 Crash in Arizona Leads to Vehicle Rollovers in MedianA tractor trailer accident that resulted in the large truck rolling over created an impasse for traffic on Monday afternoon on Interstate 8 near Yuma, Arizona, at the Fourth Avenue overpass, the Yuma Sun reports.

According to the news source, the Arizona Department of Public Safety stated the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on March 19, when a truck, owned and operated by International Harvester, was driving in the eastbound lanes of I-8 and overturned near mile marker 1. Although the accident did not result in any serious injuries, the overturned tractor trailer blocked eastbound traffic until it could be flipped back onto its wheels and removed from the roadway.

The prior day, another vehicle rollover car accident resulted in a driver and passenger suffering injuries when a 1999 Mazda sedan flipped in the median on Interstate 8 near Winterhave drive, just across the border in California. California Highway Patrol stated heavy winds in the desert and busy traffic may have combined with the vehicle’s speed of 70 miles per hour to cause it to overturn.

Reports show the driver of the Mazda, Krista Ann-Marie Scott, 25, of San Marcos, Texas, stated she was driving back from San Diego when she started falling asleep at the wheel. Scott said she awoke just as her car was veering off the roadway toward the median, prompting her to immediately attempt to correct the direction of the car by steering sharply back to the right, and then back to the left. After this attempt, she stated, the car overturned in the center median.

Scott and her only passenger had to be transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 car accidents across the state in 2010.