The Arizona Department of Public Safety has identified two people killed in western Arizona traffic accidents just five miles apart on Interstate 40. The first crash occurred at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, just eleven miles east of the California border.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves said Ralph Steven Salazar, 63, Lake Havasu City, was driving in the wrong direction at the time of the collision. Graves said Salazar was eastbound in the westbound lanes when his Ford Ranger pickup truck struck a semi tractor trailer rig head on.
Salazar was dead at the scene of the wreck.
The second collision occurred at 4:47 a.m. Monday when one eighteen wheeler rear-ended another five miles east of the previous accident. The truck driver who was fatally injured was identified as Alex White, 34, Evans Georgia.
Four others were injured in the crash involving the two big rigs and a passenger vehicle. The second accident shut down the westbound lanes of the interstate for five hours.