I19 Check Point Crash updatedby Karl W Hoffman on May. 11, 2012, under Uncategorized
Official Border Patrol Statement:
A shuttle van, tractor-trailer and two pickup trucks collided while queuing up Wednesday evening at the Border Patrol checkpoint on I-19, sending two people to the hospital and temporarily closing the highway.
The accident occurred at 6:09 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and a nine-member emergency response crew from the Tubac Fire District was dispatched to the scene five minutes later.
The paramedics attended to five patients, said TFD Battalion Chief Genaro Rivera said. One was subsequently airlifted to a Tucson trauma center, one was transported by ground to Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, and the other three refused additional medical treatment.
Rivera described the incident as a “rear-end type of collision.”
“The 18-wheeler was parked, getting checked, and the shuttle van was right behind him, then one truck was parked and then the other one came and hit all three of them,” he said.
The interstate was closed at the checkpoint as the paramedics attended to the victims and the medevac helicopter landed and took off. One lane was re-opened at approximately 7 p.m. and the highway remained partially blocked until 8:32 p.m., DPS said.