PHOENIX, AZ – Four people were killed, and another nine people were injured following a dramatic collision involving a milk truck on Loop 202 Red Mountain on Wednesday night, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.
The collision occurred on Loop 202 Red Mountain, near Van Buren Street and 52nd Street, at about 10 p.m., when a truck driver pulling a milk tanker reportedly failed to slow down for traffic congestion. The truck then crashed into seven other vehicles.
The milk tank split from the truck, then went over the median, and into the lanes of oncoming traffic. The rest of the truck then burst into flames.
Four as-yet-unidentified people died at the scene.
A total of six victims were taken to the hospital for the treatment of critical injuries. They include a 42-year-old woman, a 45-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, two men in their 20s, and a woman in her 20s.
A 6-year-old girl, a 22-year-old man, and a 23-year-old man were also hospitalized with non-critical wounds.
A final victim was treated at the scene and refused hospital transport.
Authorities do not believe that the truck driver was under the influence at the time of the crash.
Federal officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are working with local authorities on the investigation. Among other issues, they are hoping to see if automatic emergency braking systems, which are not legally required in trucks but are becoming increasingly common in other vehicles, could have prevented the crash.
Been involved in a collision in Phoenix?
Having your Phoenix crash report can help protect you and your family as you work to take on insurance companies and commercial vehicle firms. Your accident report can help prove that you were taking every reasonable precaution and were not to blame for a collision. Contact our team today for your free copy of your Arizona crash report.