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First responders prepare to transport and injured man to an ambulance in Maricopa Meadows. Photo by Kyle Norby

A pedestrian crossing a boulevard in Maricopa Meadows was struck by a minivan and had to be transported to a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the 69-year-old man was on a push scooter when he crossed in front of traffic mid-block in a location without a crosswalk. The white minivan was traveling about 30 mph when it collided with him, MPD estimated.

The man reportedly suffered head and leg injuries and was transported to a trauma center.

The incident was at the curve of Hogenes Boulevard and Bowlin Road at Orchid Avenue.

 

 

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Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of a five-vehicle collision that claimed the lives of a Maricopa woman and two children Wednesday.

The fiery crash occurred at approximately 9:52 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 between Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Queen Creek Road.

Kim Frankel, 46, who had been a long-time teacher at Maricopa Unified School District, and her two young passengers, described as infants by DPS, were declared deceased at the scene.

The roadside tragedy was initiated in the eastbound lanes.

A 41-year-old commercial tractor-trailer driver from Mesa was traveling east on I-10 when he veered sharply left for an unknown reason. The tractor trailer struck a Chevy Tahoe, sending both vehicles through the median and over the cable barriers into westbound traffic.

Three vehicles, including the Toyota van driven by Frankel, were struck by the tractor-trailer rig.

Frankel’s van and the tractor trailer reportedly burst into flames after the crash, according to DPS. The driver of the tractor trailer sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Two adults and two juvenile passengers in other vehicles were also transported to nearby hospitals for injuries.

The fatal crash shutdown the major artery into Phoenix for the entire day. Westbound lanes reopened around 6:45 p.m. that evening.

The DPS investigation is still ongoing.

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Troopers with the Arizona Department of Safety are investigating the cause of a one-vehicle accident on State Route 347 Tuesday morning.

The rollover crash reportedly occurred Aug. 28 at approximately 8:38 a.m. about a half-mile south of Casa Blanca Road.

“Preliminary information is the female driver of a passenger vehicle lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over and into a fence,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr.

Emergency responders transported the driver to Chandler Regional Hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

Traffic in the area is slowed, but no lane closures are reported.

 

 

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At least one person was injured in a collision Thursday at the intersection of Porter Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

A PT Cruiser and a pickup truck were involved in the incident, which caused temporary lane closures. A woman was described as having lacerations from broken glass.

MPD is directing traffic at the location while investigating. The incident occurred around noon.

Thomas Sikes (left) and Bryon Carrillo face charges after a crash killed two of their friends Sunday. MCSO photos

 

Detectives arrested two men from Maricopa in connection to a fatal accident that claimed the life of two other passengers in the Valley.

The one-vehicle crash reportedly occurred Sunday at approximately 1:30 a.m. on southbound State Route 143 near the Interstate 10 junction. Maricopa resident Johnnie Verdoza, 21, and Carlos E. Monteverde Garcia, 25, from Sonora, Mexico, were killed in the wreck, according to DPS.

The alleged driver, 22-year-old Thomas Robert Sikes, is facing two counts of suspicion of manslaughter and one count of endangerment. Sikes’ passenger, Bryon Jesus Carrillo, 21, is accused of obstruction of a criminal investigation.

The heavily damaged 2015 Nissan passenger vehicle was discovered during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 by a DPS trooper responding to a report of an unknown injury crash.

“After a walk though of the area, the trooper was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle or victims from the crash,” the DPS news release states.

The bodies of the victims were eventually discovered hours later.

At 9 p.m. Aug. 19, family members of one of the victims found the bodies approximately 50 feet south of the crash scene. The family tracked a cell phone signal to the location and reported it to Phoenix Police.

The DPS report states the bodies appeared to have been concealed with foliage.

The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office later notified DPS they received a call from Carrillo, a surviving passenger.

Adriana Colin-Lemus has also been charged in the incident. MCSO photo

Carrillo reportedly told law enforcement he and his friends were headed home to Maricopa after leaving a bar in Tempe at the time of the crash.

The report includes Carrillo’s recollection of what came after the wreck. He describes climbing out of the vehicle and his unsuccessful attempt to locate the two friends allegedly missing from the car.

Carrillo accused Sikes of encouraging him to leave the area together, according to the report.

Later, Sikes’ girlfriend reportedly picked up the pair at a nearby gas station. None of them called emergency responders to report the fatal crash, DPS said.

The girlfriend, 25-year-old Adriana Colin-Lemus of Peoria, is suspected of hindering prosecution.

Sikes, Carrillo and Colin-Lemus and are being held in Maricopa County Jail.

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Emergency crews transported one occupant with non-life-threatening injuries to the hospital Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident on John Wayne Parkway near The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta.

Maricopa Police Department Spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a southbound vehicle failed to stop at a red light and struck a sedan attempting to turn south on JWP from Fry’s Marketplace at approximately 2:57 p.m.

The driver of the other vehicle was reportedly uninjured. Two other occupants inside the sedan that was hit did not require transport to the hospital, Alvarado said.

The collision delayed southbound traffic until MPD cleared the scene around an hour later.

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The Maricopa Fire/Medical Department responded Tuesday to an accident involving two vehicles on John Wayne Parkway.

The incident occurred in an intersection near The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta. Emergency crews were still assisting a passenger in a silver-colored sedan at 3:15 p.m.

A digital community alert sent by the Maricopa Police Department warned afternoon motorists to expect delays. Injuries are reported.

This is a developing story.

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One of the vehicles involved in a multi-car collision. Photos by Amelia and Daisy Guzman

No serious injuries were reported in a five-vehicle collision on northbound State Route 347.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said five people reported very minor injuries and no one was transported to a hospital. Vehicles, however, were transported from the scene.

The incident occurred at 10:28 a.m. at milepost 185 where blowing dust obscured visibility. Traffic was slowed as state troopers and other law enforcement responded to the scene, but the road was not closed.

Blowing dust continues to be an issue between the gravel pit road and Riggs Road, and motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Northbound traffic on SR 347 north of the gravel pit is at a near stand-still as troopers work a five-vehicle crash in the blowing dust. ADOT photo

A multi-vehicle accident on State Route 347 north of the gravel pit stopped northbound traffic this morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, five vehicles were involved. The incident occurred at milepost 185 at around 10:28 a.m.

“Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene working to clear the road,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr. “At this time, I do not have information on the number of injuries or severity.”

Blowing dust has been affecting the flow of traffic all morning on SR 347, and dust has been particularly heavy in that area.

Southbound traffic is meeting a wall of blowing dust on SR 347. ADOT photo

Three vehicles were involved in a collision Friday afternoon that closed lanes of State Route 347 south of Interstate 10 and sent at least one woman to the hospital.

The accidents occurred around 2:43 p.m. in the southbound lanes when a Ford passenger vehicle “was traveling at a high rate of speed on the shoulder and then spun out striking several other vehicles,” said Bart Graves, Department of Public Safety Spokesman.

One vehicle reportedly rolled over. DPS said at least two people are injured.

A lane in each direction were open as of 3:35 p.m. Southbound lanes opened at 3:47 p.m.

Two juveniles in a crosswalk were injured Monday when they were struck by a vehicle making a left turn.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the two juveniles had the right of way while crossing State Route 347 on Bowlin Road at around 6:24 p.m. The vehicle, driven by Izmenia Ledezma, was traveling east on Bowlin and turning north onto SR 347.

The juveniles suffered minor injuries, described as scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones. They were transported to a hospital as a precaution.

Ledezma stopped after the collision.

According to MPD, she was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

 

A Maricopa woman died Monday night after a wrong-way driver collided with her vehicle on State Route 347 near Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A vehicle driven by Julissa Torres, 26, was struck head-on by a motorist traveling northbound in the southbound lane at approximately 8:22 p.m. on May 14. The local woman was pronounced dead on-scene.

The driver of the alleged at-fault vehicle, 70-year-old Karen Ankiewicz of Sun City West, was also deceased when emergency crews arrived, DPS said.

Investigators do not know if impairment or a medical issue were factors. DPS said the investigation is on-going.

A 26-year-old man and a 4-year-old child inside Torres’ red 2010 Chrysler 300 were admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening-injuries. A 1-year-old child in the same vehicle was evaluated and released, according to DPS.

The wrong-way fatal collision caused a third accident involving a white 2002 Pontiac sedan. DPS said a 57-year-old male driver struck Torres’ vehicle after the initial collision. That driver and a 13-year-old passenger were admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 15-year-old passenger was treated and released, DPS said.

The southbound lanes re-opened shortly before 4 a.m., May 15.

 

A near head-on collision on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway Thursday resulted in a flipped vehicle and a trapped driver but no life-threatening injuries, according to Maricopa Police Department.

The incident happened after 6 p.m. east of the intersection with White and Parker Road.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a westbound vehicle crossed over the center line and hit an eastbound vehicle.

“The westbound vehicle from the impact lost control and flipped over,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the westbound car was trapped.”

That driver was extricated by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department. While that work was going on, MPD shut down traffic between White and Parker Road and Murphy Road. The roadway was reopened around 8 p.m.

“The driver of the westbound vehicle was cited for failure to maintain one lane and transported to Chandler with non-life-threatening injuries,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the eastbound car was not injured.”


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Two young people were treated on scene by first responders. Photo by Mason Callejas

An collision snarled traffic at a busy intersection Thursday afternoon as schools were dismissing classes.

Maricopa Police Department reported no serious injuries, though two juveniles in one of the vehicles complained of stomach pain and were treated on scene at Honeycutt and Porter roads.

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, a southbound van on Porter collided with a northbound Jeep trying to turn left onto Honeycutt Road. The juveniles were passengers in the Jeep. The investigation became a matter of what color the north-south traffic lights were.

Photo by Mason Callejas

“The driver of the Jeep stated the light was red,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the van said the light was yellow. An independent witness at the scene said the light was green.”

Police sided with the independent witness and cited the Jeep driver for causing an accident.

Neither vehicle sustained serious damage and both were able to be driven from the scene. 


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A driver allegedly struck an 8-year-old pedestrian in Rancho El Dorado Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The incident occurred around 2:10 p.m. on Rancho El Dorado Parkway near Backus Drive.

“The kid hurt his hip and may have hit his head, so he is being transported to Cardon Children’s Hospital as a precaution,” said Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

Emergency crews don’t believe the child’s injuries will be life threatening, Alvarado added.

The child was apparently playing with his younger brother shortly before the incident. Alvarado said the 8-year-old boy was hiding behind a bush on the south side of Rancho El Dorado Parkway.

A driver heading east, noticed a child on the north side of the road and slowed his speed. However, Alvarado said the driver didn’t see the boy on the south side of the street dart into the road.

Alvarado said MPD doesn’t have an estimated speed for the driver at the time of the incident. The speed limit in the area is 25 mph.

“Luckily, he was already slowing down,” Alvarado said.

MPD does not suspect impairment as a factor.


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The Department of Public Safety released the identity of the ATV driver who died in a collision on State Route 347 south of Maricopa yesterday.

Joshua G. Dearo-Garcia, 24, of Maricopa was found deceased on scene by police Feb. 14 at 12:35 p.m., said DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

DPS said Dearo-Garcia was driving a Honda quad that failed to stop at a stop sign while attempting to make a right turn onto SR 347 near SR 84.

“The ATV collided with the rear side of a Ford heavy-duty pickup truck,” Graves said.

The collision closed a portion of SR 347 for hours after emergency crews and police processed the scene.

Graves said the driver of the truck was not injured.


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An accident south of Maricopa involving an ATV and a pickup truck has left one person dead.

The collision occurred Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. on northbound State Route 347 near State Route 84 – about 13 miles south of Maricopa, said Department of Safety Spokesman Bart Graves.

The fatal collision allegedly occurred after a male driver of an ATV struck the Ford pickup truck.

“There was a secondary minor injury collision at that same location,” Graves said.

A portion of SR 347 is closed in both directions while emergency crews work the scene.

This is a developing story.

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Left turns are prohibited out of Sequoia Pathway at Porter Road.

A rollover accident involving an off-road vehicle briefly disrupted the morning commute Monday.

Lt. Stephen Judd with the Maricopa Police Department said a side-by-side recreation vehicle rolled onto its side on Porter Road after making an illegal left turn from Sequoia Pathway Academy.

A traffic sign prohibits left hand turns from the school onto Porter.

“(The off road vehicle) slammed on its brakes and turned over on its side,” Judd said. “There was actually no collision; no other vehicles were hit. It just lost control and turned over.”

Judd said the male driver of the vehicle did not sustain injuries and police crews cleared the roadway quickly.

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A two-vehicle collision has delayed southbound traffic on State Route 347 at Riggs Road.

The accident occurred Wednesday at 2:25 p.m. between a Nissan sedan and a Jaguar sports car, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves.

“At this point it is a serious injury collision at that intersection,” Graves said. “One vehicle may have T-boned the other.”

Emergency crews transported one male driver to the hospital. It is still unknown which vehicle he was driving at this time.

This is a developing story.


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No damage was reported to railroad crossing apparatus on Ralston Road after Wednesday's crash.

Police are investigating a driver for impairment after he reportedly ran his vehicle into the side of a moving train Wednesday night, according to Maricopa Police Department.

The incident occurred Dec. 6 just before 8 p.m. at the State Route 238 and Ralston Road intersection.

Authorities said the train engine had passed the intersection about a quarter of a mile down the tracks when the vehicle, headed north on Ralston, struck one of its train cars at nearly full speed, said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

The accident scene led police to believe the driver may have entered the southbound lane prior to colliding with the train because the vehicle did not hit the railroad cross arm, Alvarado said.

When Maricopa Fire & Medical Department arrived, they reported finding the vehicle with substantial front-end damage and “a male in his 40s out of the vehicle walking around,” said Brad Pitassi, MFMD Spokesman.

A witness initially reported to police seeing a passenger in the vehicle, but Alvarado said after MPD interviewed the witness further she could not confirm the sighting. The driver reported he was the only person in the car at the time of the crash, Alvarado added.

Crews later transported the driver to Chandler Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. MPD has issued a warrant for blood vials taken from the driver at the hospital. They will be tested at a Department of Public Safety lab for the DUI investigation.

Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the wreck did not cause damage to the train or its crew. However, it did halt traffic in the area until the accident was cleared around 10 p.m.

 

Reporter Mason Callejas contributed to this story.



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The Department of Public Safety has released a description of the three victims in the deadly accident on State Route 347 near Casa Blanca Road Wednesday afternoon.

Two men and one woman, all reportedly in their 20s, died while riding in a Ford Ranger pickup truck on southbound SR 347 Nov. 29, said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. The vehicle was initially described as an SUV.

“For an unknown reason the vehicle crossed the median and went into oncoming (northbound) traffic where it was struck by a semi-truck,” Graves said.

Another male passenger in the Ranger was transported by emergency crews to Chandler Regional Hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

DPS closed northbound SR 347 lanes at Casa Blanca. The closure is expected to last for a few hours. Please take alternate routes.


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Three people in an SUV died Wednesday afternoon in a collision with a semi-truck on northbound State Route 347 at Casa Blanca Road, the Department of Public Safety said.

The accident occurred Nov. 29 at 3:21 p.m. A DPS representative said the tractor trailer may have T-boned the SUV.

Bart Graves, DPS spokesman, said there are no reported injuries to the semi driver at this time.

DPS has shut down the northbound 347 lanes and “expect(s) an extended closure for several hours,” Graves said.

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A school bus carrying 26 children was involved in a three-vehicle collision near the intersection of Honeycutt Avenue and John Wayne Parkway early Monday morning, police said.

Maricopa Police Department Spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said no one was injured in the accident that occurred around 7 a.m.

Residents, citing live photos from an online Arizona Department of Transportation feed, wondered whether the school bus was carrying children from the Maricopa Unified School District.

Despite its proximity to Maricopa High School, the bus belonged to the Kyrene School District, said a mother of a child on board.

Beth Bowers said her son and classmates were heading to Kyrene de Los Lagos Elementary in Tempe. The Kyrene Unified School District has bused Maricopa children to the Valley since 2003.

“He said someone slammed into their bus,” Bowers said her son told her.

Another bus was en route to pick up the children, Bowers said.

The accident blocked northbound lanes on John Wayne Parkway from Alterra Parkway. MPD cleared the roadway in both directions at 7:41 a.m.

This is a developing story.

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First responders transported an 18-year-old passenger and 16-year-old motorist to the hospital Wednesday afternoon following a collision on the State Route 347 and Edison Road intersection.

The accident involved a midsized SUV and a passenger vehicle around 2:19 p.m., said Maricopa Fire/Medical Department spokesman Brad Pitassi.

Emergency crews evaluated the 18-year-old female passenger of the SUV for a non-life-threatening head injury, Pitassi said.

The woman was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt during the accident, causing her head to hit the vehicle’s windshield, Pitassi said. The woman was later transported to the hospital.

Three others inside the SUV were wearing seatbelts.

The other car, Pitassi said, was a passenger-vehicle driven by a 16-year-old female motorist.

“She was wearing her seat belt, and her parents have asked her to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation,” Pitassi said.

Police temporarily restricted traffic in the area. Pitassi said crews are working to reopen the intersection.

Maricopa Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident. Updates to this developing story will be posted to InMaricopa.com.

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A truck was involved in a two-vehicle crash on SR 238 Wednesday. Photo by Mason Callejas

Police are investing a driver of a pickup truck for a possible DUI after a collision with a sedan on State Route 238 Wednesday afternoon, Maricopa Police Department said.

“We are not sure if it is alcohol or drug-related, but there is a DUI investigation currently underway,” MPD Sgt. Steven Judd said.

Ricardo Alvarado, spokesman for the Maricopa Police Department, said the accident occurred around 1:19 p.m. on SR 238 near White Road, west of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes.

Judd said the passenger sedan was heading east on SR 238 when a westbound pickup truck hauling a small trailer crossed over into the eastbound lane.

The truck struck the rear driver-side of the car, causing it to spin.

“(The sedan) did run off the road and went through the barbed wire fences and down into the ravine,” said Maricopa Fire/Medical Department spokesman Brad Pitassi.

The truck continued down the road about 50 yards, and then the trailer disengaged and rolled, Judd said.

The 71-year-old female driver of the sedan was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck refused medical attention, Pitassi said.

The collision caused police to temporarily shut down State Route 238. Crews are working to reopen the roadway.

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A second teenager has died after a vehicular accident in Thunderbird Farms Sunday afternoon, Pinal County Sherriff’s Office said Monday morning.

PCSO spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a 16-year-old boy died at the hospital Oct. 30 after a 17-year-old passenger died at the hospital the night before. Both were in wheelchairs at the time of the accident.

Posts on social media said the teens were brothers who were heading home in a minivan with their family from church before the accident Sunday afternoon.

The teens’ father, Nathan Voss, asked for prayers from friends online.

“As a father losing his only two sons, this is not easy. And the battles have only begun. I praise the Lord that He spared my wife, the baby in her womb, our teenage daughter, and our precious baby, Lynndsay, as many of you have come to know through previous trials,” Voss said in a post on Facebook.

According to a social media post by Faith Baptist Church in Maricopa, the brothers were Michael and Matthew.

PCSO said six people were in the minivan Sunday around 2:29 p.m. on Papago Road when a driver in a 2018 black Acura ran the stop sign at the Papago intersection at Ralston Road.

As previously reported, the minivan hit the Acura and rolled, ejecting the 17-year-old passenger who later died at the hospital Oct. 29.

Five of the six passengers were transported to the hospital with varying injuries.

PCSO was still investigating Monday morning and could not specify the pending charges against the driver of the Acura.

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A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair died at the hospital Sunday after being ejected from a vehicle in a two-car collision in Thunderbird Farms, a spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fatal accident occurred at approximately 2:29 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the intersection of Ralston and Papago Roads in unincorporated Maricopa.

Prior to the collision, a gray minivan carrying at least five passengers was westbound on Papago Road.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a driver of a 2018 black Acura driving north on Ralston failed to stop at the intersection’s stop sign and continued north through the roadway.

The driver of the minivan struck the rear passenger-side of the Acura, causing the van to spin into the northwest corner of the intersection and roll onto its side, Forghani said.

“In the middle row seats of the van were two individuals who were in wheel chairs. One of those individuals was ejected from the vehicle,” Forghani said. “That 17-year-old died from his injuries at the hospital.”

Forghani said the second person in a wheel chair received “moderate injuries.”

A 1-year-old and a 39-year-old in the rear seat of the minivan were both uninjured. Another person in the van, described by PCSO as a juvenile, suffered a broken arm.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Acura. PCSO said that driver’s condition is unknown.

Residents nearby reported hearing sirens, seeing a medivac helicopter and multiple emergency responders at the scene Sunday afternoon.

The minivan’s “entire left side (was) ripped off,” said Amy Rogers-Boterman who lives in a neighborhood not far from the intersection.

The Acura’s “front end (was) completely smashed,” Rogers-Boterman said. “(It) looked like one of the people in the minivan was dressed up to go somewhere.”

PCSO has not released the victim’s name.

 

The driver (in hat) and passengers from a tractor-trailer rig talk to MPD Officer Jeff Brooks after a collision with a van. The other driver was investigated for DUI after apparently trying to execute a U-turn in front of the truck. Photo by Michelle Chance

The Maricopa Police Department is investigating a possible DUI relating to an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig on State Route 238 near milepost 43 Friday afternoon.

MPD Officer Jeff Brooks said the driver of a silver passenger van was driving west ahead of a tractor-trailer around 2:30 p.m. when the van apparently attempted to make a sudden U-turn into eastbound traffic.

Brooks said the tractor-trailer did not have time to stop before hitting the driver-side of the turning van. Police suspect the driver of the van of driving under the influence.

MPD reported the tractor-trailer had just unloaded manure prior to the collision and was returning to a nearby dairy.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department spokesman Brad Pitassi said first responders initially reported three minor injuries, although no one was transported to the hospital.

Police temporarily detoured traffic in the area between Ralston and Loma roads. Police cleared the accident and opened the roadway at 3:38 p.m.

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The Department of Public Safety confirmed one man died Wednesday after a three-car collision on southbound State Route 347 north of Riggs Road.

Emergency crews transported a woman in another vehicle to Chandler Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a third motorist involved in the accident was treated for neck pain, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. The woman later died, also.

“Apparently there were two vehicles stopped [for the light] at the intersection southbound SR 347 at Riggs Road in the number one lane. A third vehicle struck both stopped vehicles,” Graves said.

DPS reported the driver who hit the other vehicles was the man who died.

“The deceased driver was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered major head trauma,” Graves said.

The accident shutdown southbound lanes while emergency crews worked the scene.

Graves said DPS is investigating whether impairment was a factor.