Accidents Snarl Arizona Traffic, Leave Two Men Injured

Accidents snarl Arizona traffic, leave two men injuredTwo accidents in the past week have left two Arizona men severely injured and created massive traffic jams that led the Arizona Department of Transportation to warn drivers to proceed with caution.

According to Northern Arizona News, an accident on Interstate 40 crippled traffic and led authorities to shutdown both lanes. Even after the westbound lanes had been opened up, eastbound traffic remained blocked for most of the day.

The news source states the Arizona Department of Public safety found bad weather likely caused the 20-car pileup that occurred in the morning hours of Thursday, December 1, but officials are still working to determine the exact cause of the multi-vehicle crash.

Included in the wreckage were five passenger vehicles, four tractor trailers and a separate, overturned semi truck that were all involved in the accident. Crews worked at the scene throughout the day to clean up the area and remove vehicles, causing authorities to shut down the highway around the A-1 Mountain marker.

In a separate crash earlier in the week, a 35-year-old man was ejected from his vehicle in a rollover accident near the corner of 48th Street and Elliot Road in Ahwatukee on Tuesday, November 29, the Arizona Republic reports.

According to the media outlet, first responders arrived on the scene at about 7:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a Honda Accord allegedly crossing the center line and colliding with a Dodge pickup truck. Reports indicate the truck was traveling in the southbound lane when it allegedly collided with the other vehicle just north of Elliot road. The truck then reportedly rolled, throwing the driver from the vehicle.

The driver of the Accord, a 60-year-old male, became trapped in his vehicle for 35 minutes after the accident until medical and fire personnel were able to extricate him from the car. The man thrown from the Dodge truck was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver of the Accord is said to be in critical condition, Sergeant Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, told the media outlet.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 87,678 multi-vehicle crashes throughout the state in 2010, which led to the death of 411 motorists. In total, there were 106,177 crashes, 33,195 of which caused reported injuries.