Needles, CA: On Tuesday, August 27th, 2012 at approximately 8:15pm PT, a 2012 Volvo Tractor with a trailer containing Orange Juice failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 and Five Mile Road just south of Needles, California.
The tractor trailer rolled over with the tractor coming to rest on its top.
The driver, 61 year old Robert Frantz of Old Town, Florida was trapped inside the cab.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the scene to the rollover accident.
Robert Frantz was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California is a heavy traveled route for both shipping goods as well as tourist wanting to travel up the Colorado River.
But this highway can get dangerous as the highway has had incidents of vehicles failing to negotiate curves as well as incidents of vehicles crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing.
In June 2011, 51 year old Daniel John DiRusso of Phoenix, Arizona died after his 2010 Nissan Versa collided with a 2004 GMC Envoy head-on.
The head-on crash also occurred along U.S. Route Highway 95 south of Needles, California.
The 2010 Nissan Versa was trying to pass a big rig truck when it collided with the 2004 GMC Envoy.
One person from Fort Mohave, AZ in the 2004 GMC Envoy was later transported to Colorado RiverMedicalCenter with minor injuries.
Another issue is in communities where the public has to cross this highway to get from one place to another such as at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 at San Clemente Street near Interstate 40.
Those who want to cross the highway to get to the Dollar Tree Store have to wait to cross the highway well watching out for those drivers who use the highway as a race track by speeding around other vehicles and not caring of those around them. There are no traffic signals along this part of the highway or even a crosswalk to safely cross the highway.
Making this highway safer for everybody has been an issue for years, but the issue gets clogged up in red tape, government politics, and funding issues have pulled this issue into the rest stop.
The issue will only get worst unless those who are in power work together with those communities along this highway in making this highway safer so that everybody who uses this highway can do so safely.
Both the public as well as those who come to enjoy the Colorado River Tri-State area should be safe and always be on alert as you cross or drive on this highway.
** ZachNews wants to hear from you; if you’re living or travel along U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California: **
– Have you notices more accidents along this highway?
– If you’re living near this highway, do you worry about your safety?
– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safety barriers or walls in your areas?
– If you’re living near this highway, is there enough lighting along this highway?
– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safe areas along this highway to cross the highway?
– Is there anything being done to fix or make the highway in your area safer?
– Have you seen incidents of reckless driving along this highway?
– Are law enforcement doing enough to address the issue of safety along this highway as well as stopping reckless drivers?
– Are your local government and state government doing enough to address the issue?
– What should be done about making this highway safer and how should it be funded?
– What should the public know about when driving along this highway?
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