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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:01 am

Two motorcyclists were injured after one of the two rammed a wild burro Saturday night on State Route 95.

Desert Hills Fire Department responded about 7:51 p.m. to the wreck at milepost 193 on State Route 95, which is just north of Lake Havasu City.

Two motorcycle riders heading southbound to Havasu encountered two or more wild burros on the road. One rider struck the animal, and the other rider crashed during an evasive driving attempt.

The man who struck the burro was air-evacuated from the scene by a Native Air medical helicopter and flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

“He was thrown from the motorcycle, there were reports he flew over the handlebars,” said DHFD Fire Captain Bill Weber.

The nature of severity of the man’s injuries weren’t immediately available.

The second rider, who attempted to avoid the crash, was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Havasu Regional Medical Center, in Havasu, by River Medical ambulance service.

Fire officials reported neither wore helmets at the time of the wreck.

The burro, or burros, survived the ordeal, Weber said.

“There was evidence on scene suggesting the burro was struck and suffered some trauma,” he said. Weber wouldn’t elaborate on the evidence other than to say the burro wasn’t killed and ran away from the crash scene. Traffic in both directions was delayed for 20 minutes.

The crash is the second since early Friday.

A motorist struck and killed a wild burro about 6:22 a.m. Friday at milepost 191.5 on SR95. Emergency responders at Friday’s collision reported eight more burros were scene in the area.

“We urge motorists to pay attention to burro warning signs and reduce speeds — and keep an eye out for them,” Weber said.

The collisions have occurred in mountainous areas north of Havasu during low visibility hours of dawn and dusk.

DHFD responded with Rescue 5, Engine 23, and Weber. Other agencies that responded include Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Arizona Department of Transportation.

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  • see you posted at 6:56 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    see you Posts: 261

    People are getting hurt bc they drive like idiots! I hate motorcyclists who refuse to wear helmets. I guess they need the state to hold their hand and parent them. It is dangerous! I feel sorrow for the family members of unhelmeted bikers when their biker dies or is hurt....easily avoided but no they have to look cool....and if ppl would drive the speed limit you would see the burros before you hit them....but texting, talking on cells, etc take precedent....

  • BrightOne posted at 10:18 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    BrightOne Posts: 356

    "Eight more burros were 'scene' in the area." Oh this is definitely classic!
    Havasudude, I hate to break it to ya, but them animals were here long before us.
    And about human lives being more important, that is a matter of opinion.

  • ak175 posted at 7:12 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    ak175 Posts: 2

    Eight more burros were "scene" in the area.

  • nicko posted at 4:08 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    nicko Posts: 23

    I'm sure even a burro or donkey would wear a helmet if he knew how to get one.

  • BLAZO posted at 8:07 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    BLAZO Posts: 615

    No helmets?

  • geannilynsmith posted at 11:39 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    geannilynsmith Posts: 3

    Safety is important but we also be responsible for our actions. Fast driving will really cause you an accident like that.

  • zonie posted at 6:57 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    zonie Posts: 197

    Burros don't know that headlights are actually moving towards them at a fast rate of speed. Like when we see a plane at night coming towards us, it looks like it's a light not moving in the sky. It's a simple thing to put up a barbed-wire fence along this short stretch of 95, or try Strieter-Lites -

    The Reno Gazette-Journal in Nevada reported on July 27, 2002 about a novel device to keep wild horses off public roads. Along a single stretch of highway in Nevada from 1996 to 2000, about 24 horses and 13 deer were reported struck by vehicles. Then the government installed the experimental Strieter-Lite Wild Animal Highway Warning Reflector System. Since then there have been no horse, burro or deer mortalites along that stretch of highway. Light entering one of the devices from vehicle headlights isn’t seen by motorists, but is reflected onto areas alongside the road where animals cross. The 600 reflectors mounted on highway posts bounce light from headlights out to the side in the form of moving patterns. Tests have shown that these patterns deter animals from crossing the road from dusk to dawn when vehicles approach.

    Several sites listed here for detailed info on Strieter-Lites -

  • havasudude posted at 12:18 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    havasudude Posts: 1

    I say open season on the donkeys! Officials and preservationists would hate it, but safety for Human lives are more important.

  • havadanley1 posted at 7:22 am on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    havadanley1 Posts: 83

    2nd one in a week! We have got to reduce the speed with flashing lights this time of year. This is so horrible.


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