Originally Published: February 20, 2011 4:41 p.m.
A California man is dead after three vehicles - including two 18-wheeler semi tractor-trailers - collided on eastbound Interstate 40 on Saturday evening.
According to the Department of Public Safety, shortly after 5 p.m. at milepost 143 west of Ash Fork on the border of Yavapai and Coconino counties, a 2002 freight tractor-trailer driven by Lu Yong, 39, of Rowland Heights, Calif., apparently rear-ended a 2010 freight tractor-trailer driven by Kimberly Schuler Wade, 46, of Lecanto, Fla. The collision caused Wade to run into a 1981 Chevrolet station wagon driven by George Albert Hines, 53, of Mesa, according to DPS.
Investigators say Yong died in the crash. Wade suffered no injuries, and her passenger, Larry Dean Wade, 46, suffered minor injuries. Hines also suffered minor injuries.
DPS says the investigation is ongoing and that the exact cause is not known, but that weather was a contributing factor. At this time, there is no indication of impairment playing a role.
DPS also reports that Yong was not wearing a seatbelt. Kimberly Wade was wearing a seatbelt, but her passenger was not. Hines was wearing a seatbelt.