On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 07:08, one Engine, a Rescue Ambulance and Battalion Chief Don Evans responded to an 18-wheeler rollover. First units quickly identified the need for a hazardous materials team to respond. Firefighters extricated the driver from the vehicle. The driver was transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center with injuries. He was treated and released shortly after 1300 hrs.
Assistant Fire Chief Joe Anderson, who is our lead Hazardous Materials Technician, responded with three additional Technicians and our Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Trailer. The material the tank was caring was determined to be Dowthermal – A, an industrial coolant. This material was leaking approximately two gallons per hour from the tank. The gas released was dangerous, however no evacuations were necessary.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation by the Bullhead City Police Department with the assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A DPS officer did observe the truck descending down Highway 68, headed westbound, at a speed of 90 miles per hour.
As of 1400 hours, Highway 68 westbound from Golden Valley is closed at Mile Post 16, to the Laughlin bridge. Highway 68 eastbound is open by using the Bullhead Parkway to Locust, to McCormick, to Landon to Highway 68.
ADEQ, ADOT, Mohave County Park Rangers, and the Bullhead City Road Department have all assisted in the incident.
Written and photos by Larry Tunforss