Car Crash, Light Rail Accident Kill Two, Injure Three in Phoenix

Car Crash, Light Rail Accident Kill Two, Injure Three in PhoenixA car crash and two separate train accidents killed two people and left three severely injured over the weekend.

In Phoenix, Arizona, a police chase came to a fatal end on Saturday, February 4, when a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe carrying three passengers and a driver allegedly ran through a red light and smashed into a concrete barrier and a light pole, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the media outlet, the 32-year-old driver and one 28-year-old passenger were killed in the crash, while two men ages 25 and 26 were rushed to an area hospital in serious condition. The accident occurred at about 10 p.m. after a routine police stop.

Phoenix police say the Tahoe was pulled over near the intersection of Loop 101 and 83rd Avenue for an alleged traffic violation. The officer approached the vehicle, but as he neared, the driver in the Tahoe sped off, traveling west on Indian School Road, the media outlet stated.

“The officer followed the vehicle, but stopped following it after it ran a red light,” said Police Sergeant Tommy Thomson.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and the names of the injured and deceased, the speed of the vehicle at the time of crash and the reason for the initial stop will soon be released.

On the same day, a 17-year-old boy was hit by a light rail train near the intersection of Central Avenue and Campbell Avenue. Witnesses told ABC affiliate News 15 that the boy was trapped between the train and the concrete standing platform, at which point one of the bystanders leaped down and pulled the boy free.

The teenager was taken to the hospital in serious condition, however by Sunday, had been upgraded to stable.

According to the news source, a second accident involving a light rail car occurred near 17th Avenue and Camelback Avenue when a woman allegedly turned onto the tracks the moment a train was crossing the street.

Although the woman’s car was destroyed, she did not receive major injuries, and was not taken to a hospital. Police told the news provider that often, people in light rail collisions don’t see the trains coming.

“The light rail is so quiet,” said Phoenix Police Sergeant Marleen King. “Always pay attention to the arrows and abide the traffic signals. It could save your life.”