Two accidents occurring within nine minutes of each other shut down northbound traffic on State Route 95 at West Acoma Boulevard for little more than two hours Monday.
The first accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. at SR 95 and Kiowa and the second at West Acoma Boulevard and SR 95, several minutes later.
In the first accident, “a vehicle traveling southbound on SR 95 ran a red light and T-boned a vehicle turning northbound from Kiowa Avenue onto SR 95,” said Sergeant Troy Stirling, spokesperson for the LHPD.
Both vehicles sustained major damage, according to Stirling. There were no passengers and both drivers were transported to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.
Because of the restriction of northbound traffic on SR 95, another accident occurred at SR 95 and West Acoma Boulevard nine minutes later.
“Driver one was heading northbound when he failed to stop, rear-ending vehicle number two, which then rear-ended vehicle number three,” Stirling said. “Vehicles two and three where at a standstill — vehicle number two got sandwiched between vehicle one and three.”
All three vehicles sustained major damage, but only the driver of vehicle number two was transported for medical attention.
According to Stirling, the driver of vehicle one was traveling around 45 mph. The driver was cited for failure to control speed to avoid the crash.
“ADOT came out and assisted,” Stirling said stating that northbound traffic was closed for almost two hours.
The Lake Havasu Fire Department sent five of their six engines to the scene.
Names of those involved and makes of the vehicles were not available at time of print.