The teen driver of a pickup was killed this morning after colliding with a cattle truck on State Route 347 at Farrell Road.
The accident occurred around 7 a.m.
The victim is 16 years old but is not yet officially identified.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged and ended up on their sides in the northbound lanes.
Traffic was stopped in both directions as the Ak-Chin Police Department detoured drivers through the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Maricopa Police Department picked up the investigation of the scene.
MPD spokesman Ricky Alvarado said the scene is being treated as a crime scene because a fatality is involved. The driver of the cattle truck was on his feet and his injuries were non-life-threatening, he said. A detective is at the Chandler hospital waiting to talk to him about what transpired.
Early indications are the white pickup was entering the intersection from Farrell and the cattle truck was traveling north on SR 347 when the collision occurred. There was conflicting information about the intended direction of the pickup truck.
Alvarado said SR 347 will remain closed in both directions because the vehicles were in the northbound lanes and the cab of the cattle truck came to rest in the southbound lanes.
“We’re working to get Farrell open in both directions as soon as possible,” he said.
Resident Steve Franklin said he had just walked into a store on Farrell when an Ak-Chin Police officer ran out. “At first I thought he was chasing after a shoplifter, but I saw a few minutes later what his hurry was.”
Franklin said the cattle truck was full of cows.
Alvarado said the cattle company constructed a makeshift corral near the road for the surviving cattle and is assessing the condition of the cows to determine which ones can be saved.