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1/8/2013 5:05:00 PM
DPS officer transferred to rehabilitation center after I-40 accident

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Greg King, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer who was injured while directing traffic on Interstate 40 Dec. 19, has been transferred to a rehabilitation center.

King was flown from Flagstaff Medical Center to Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Prescott Valley on Dec. 28, said DPS Sergeant Gary Phelps.

King will be in the inpatient rehabilitation center for up to five weeks while he recovers from a back injury. The accident left King with a couple of fractured vertebrae but no spinal cord damage. King also received lacerations on his head and arm, Phelps said.

At the time of the accident, King was positioned at the right rear of his patrol car directing traffic from an earlier accident on eastbound Interstate 40 near Williams. A semi tractor-trailer rig that could not slow down hit King's patrol car, and the patrol car hit King.

King has been with DPS since 1985. He recently retired from DPS and was serving as a reserve officer at the time of the accident, according to a DPS press release.

Officials believe the road was icy at the time of the accident. The DPS Vehicular Crimes Unit is still investigating the accident.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

I most definitely did NOT say that it's always the big riggers. I see tons of 4x4's, cars, vehicles of all types driving way too fast for conditions. This accident involved a big rigger driving too fast, and unfortunately accidents involving big riggers are commonplace (along with all other vehicles).

Barbra, I think ALL drivers, no matter the vehicle, should be cited heavily for creating dangerous situations by driving too fast in winter conditions. Whether they drive a big rig, pickup truck, minivan, or Prius.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Barbra Bilharz

The sign across the highway should read:

Winter Driving Conditions
Slow Down!!!

Those truckers fly down the highway even on the ice, which push you to the edge of the road. All truckers should be ticketed when driving too fast on the ice.

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: yep you are right

Yep it is always the big riggers who cause the accidents. You don't see any other vehicles driving too fast for the conditions. Give it a break Bobby.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

I hope the driver of the truck is cited and charged properly if indeed he was driving too fast (and it appears he was). Unfortunately too many big rig drivers drive too fast for the winter driving conditions we have, and accidents involving them are not uncommon during this time of year. Slow down, big rig drivers, it's not worth killing someone to save 20 minutes of travel time.

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