I-10 crashes, caused by a dust storm Tuesday (Oct. 29), turned very deadly. A chain-reaction crash killed three people when visibility in the area hit just about zero. According to a report from late in the evening, at least 12 additional people were injured Tuesday in what authorities are describing as a 19-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials stated that 10 commercial vehicles, seven passenger cars, one tanker, and one recreational vehicle were involved in the enormous accident. Footage from the scene showed a few vehicles had been damaged quite a bit, with one video showing how a car had been smashed between two 18-wheelers. The damage took quite a bit of time to clear when the visibility in the area finally made it possible to address the situation.
DPS Officer Carrick Cook was interviews at the scene and he stated that within the I-10 crashes there could have been as many as four or five separate incidents. An investigation and interviews are already under way to try to piece together exactly what took place as the terrible dust storm started settling in on the area. Only one victim has been identified thus far and it is Gordon Lee Smith of Mead, Wash. His wife was also injured in the accident, but her condition has not been released yet.
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