Death Toll Rises in Horrific Big Rig-Involved Crash on Interstate 10 in Arizona
Tonopah, AZ – The death toll has risen in a horrific crash involving a big rig and two passenger vehicles last Friday in Arizona.
Shortly after the accident — which occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near mile post 82 — the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) reported five people had been killed and five more were hospitalized with serious injuries.
In an update, AZDPS has now confirmed an additional fatality bringing the death toll to six.
AZDPS investigators indicated a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound failed to slow and collided into the rear of a Nissan Altima.
It was originally believed five people were inside the Altima, but AZDPS now confirms six people were inside the vehicle at the time it was struck.
“The force of the impact split the Nissan passenger vehicle in half,” AZDPS stated in a release.
Witnesses said the Nissan quickly burst into flames.
All six people inside perished, AZDPS reported.
Their identities have not been released.
After plowing the Altima, the tractor-trailer continued on and slammed into the back of a white SUV occupied by a woman and her four children.
The woman and her children were transported to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.
An update on their conditions has not yet been provided.
The trucker, whose identity has also not yet been released, was uninjured.
Following the crash, investigators said the trucker did not slow for “unknown reasons.”
However, AZDPS indicated an investigation into the tragic incident remains ongoing.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor the investigation as more information about what led to the crash is provided.