Five injured in DV crash

Death Valley National Park rangers responded to a two-car collision on Highway 190 the evening of Dec. 30.

DVNP reported that this is the fourth major motor vehicle accident in the park in recent weeks, all of which have resulted in one fatality and 11 injured.

During the most recent crash, Takumi Sagawa of Hokkaido, Japan, allegedly drifted into the oncoming traffic just east of Stovepipe Wells. Xiaomin Deng of Sammamish, Wash., was driving a Chevrolet Malibu in the opposite direction, and was unsuccessful in an apparent attempt to avoid collision.

Two people were transported by air ambulance because of serious injuries. Three people with moderate injuries were transported by ground ambulances.

“Winter is an exceptional time to visit Death Valley, and the park received extremely high visitation over the Christmas and New Year’s weeks,” said an official.

Park staff remind visitors to wear their seatbelts, drive within the speed limit, pass only when safe and be courteous to other drivers on the road.

Story First Published: 2020-01-10