There were two incidents on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6 in the upriver area north of Parker that resulted in fatalities. The first was a fire involving three RVs near the Sand Bar, while the other was a utility terrain vehicle accident near the Sundance Saloon.
The first occurred in the early morning hours. The Buckskin Fire Department reported they sent several units at 4:07 a.m. to a reported structure fire and a possible person trapped at the Sandbar Trailer Park at Beacon Road and State Route 95. When they arrived, they found one RV fully involved in flames and two other RVs about 75 percent involved.
La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies on the scene confirmed someone was trapped inside one of the RVs. In addition to attacking the fire, a search and rescue operation was begun. They found the body of a deceased individual inside the RV. Firefighters were able to rescue a small dog that was also found inside the RV.
A second individual who was in the RV where the fire started was able to escape, but he was transported by American Medical Response to La Paz Regional Hospital for difficulty breathing. There were no other injuries reported.
Later that evening, at 8:32 p.m., emergency agencies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Riverside Drive near the Sundance Saloon. Buckskin firefighters had a medical ambulance on stand-by. When firefighters and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found a UTV had rolled over with a person trapped underneath.
Firefighters and deputies were able to lift the UTV, but the person was declared dead on the scene.
As of press time, the names of the deceased individuals have not been released. The causes of the fire and the accident are under investigation.