The notoriously dangerous road between Phoenix and Las Vegas was shut down today due to, not one, but two car accidents this morning leaving one person dead. US-93 was closed for most of the day today since early this morning after a semi and a Dodge truck collided causing the semi to roll over and catch fire. The driver of the truck, 39-year-old Corey Carlton Dorman was killed in the crash. Shortly following this deadly crash another semi caused a large spill, which, as a result, convinced the local police and DPS to close the freeway and reroute traffic. While attempting to make a U-turn, the semi damaged one of the tanks it was transporting and consequently oozed 13,000 pounds of ammonium onto the street. This crash takes place just one week after and within miles of where a beloved DPS officer, Matthew Uhl of Wickenburg, and two well-known BMX riders, Rickey Bates of Casselbury, Fla., and Gary Dimartine of Galloway, N.J., were killed in, yet another head-on collision.
This two lane stretch is in the news far too often for it’s many auto accidents, specifically head-on collisions and subsequent shut downs. DPS spokesman Bart Graves calls this particular stretch “extremely dangerous” and that it is a “hot spot” for fatalities.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these accidents and their families.