Arizona Tractor Trailer Accident Kills Two Teens Near Surprise

Arizona Tractor Trailer Accident Kills Two Teens Near SurpriseLast week, two 16-year-olds were killed in a tractor trailer accident near Loop 303 and Olive Avenue near Surprise, Arizona, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, the Arizona Department of Public Safety stated both teens in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, near a railroad crossing on Loop 303. The roadway was completely closed for several hours after the crash as investigators assessed the scene.

Reporters stated the impact was so massive that the investigative team had to use the vehicle’s VIN to determine its make and model. The truck driver, who survived the crash, had to be flown to a Phoenix hospital in serious condition, the news provider stated.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the teenagers were later determined to be driver Donald Todd Austin of Surprise and his passenger Brendan Daniel Parrish. The boys were on their way to a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game when the crash occurred.

The cause of the crash is still being determined by the investigative team. City crews had to be dispatched to help remove the semi from the road, which was said to be working for Basha’s grocery store.

Later, near Scottsdale, another highway loop crash led to major traffic jams, according to a later article in the Tucson Citizen.

According to the news source, a segment of Loop 101 in Scottsdale was shut down for seven hours on Friday, March 16, after a multiple-car crash that was allegedly caused by two impaired drivers. Investigators say the first driver collided with a car traveling southbound near McDonald Road exit at about 3 a.m. Following this, a separate car struck these two vehicles, while another allegedly impaired driver crashed into a third car, causing a chain-reaction crash of three more vehicles.

All told, four people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident. The driver of the first vehicle showed the most damage, with extensive injuries to his head. During the cleanup, traffic was routed off the highway at Indian Bend Road to accommodate morning commuters. By 10 a.m. the loop was reopened.

The crash is still under investigation.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 crashes across the state in 2010, 5,489 of which were alcohol related.