The driver of a truck lost control and the trailers crossed the center line and collided with a Toyota Tundra traveling westbound on Highway 80

Gilberto Lopez Jr.
Gilberto Lopez Jr. and Margarita Lopez Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on Highway 80 and Avenue 26 E in Wellton

Wellton, Ariz. – The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the man and woman killed after a semi-truck driver lost control and crashed into their vehicle at Highway 80 and Avenue 26 E in Wellton Tuesday evening.

The man, identified as Gilberto Lopez Jr., 57, of Yuma, was a passenger while the woman, Margarita Lopez, 75, of Yuma, was the driver of the Toyota Tundra.

Margarita was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilberto was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he died.

Original Story

Wellton, Ariz. – A man and a woman were killed after their car collided with a semi-truck at an intersection in Wellton Tuesday evening, according to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

The deadly crash happened at about 7:45 p.m. in the area of Highway 80 and Avenue 26 E.

Preliminary revealed that a white freight truck hauling two trailers was going eastbound on Highway 80 when, for some reason, the driver lost control of the truck, and the trailers crossed the center line and collided with a Toyota Tundra traveling westbound on Highway 80, the  Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The driver of the Tundra, a 75-year-old woman, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, a 57-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he later died.

The incident remains under investigation. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

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