Car, Motorcycle Crashes in Arizona Leave One Dead, Three Others Injured

Car, Motorcycle Crashes in Arizona Leave One Dead, Three Others Injured On Wednesday, February 8, two accidents left three vehicle passengers injured and one motorcyclist dead on Arizona highways.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that in one accident, three people were sent to a Tucson area trauma center.

According to the news source, Golder Ranch Fire District officials were dispatched to the intersection of Oracle and Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard for a three-car accident at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Upon arrival, the crews found four crash victims, two who had to be extricated from the vehicle with a pneumatic cutting tool.

Emergency officials transported three of the injured occupants to the trauma center at University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, one of whom had to be airlifted by medical helicopter Life Net. The news provider stated the fourth victim refused treatment at the scene, and went with a family member to the hospital.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety was on scene after the accident, and issued an advisory to avoid the area if possible. The investigation is still ongoing.

A separate crash in Phoenix killed one motorcyclist on Interstate 17, according to ABC affiliate News 15.

The accident reportedly occurred in the southbound lanes of the interstate when the motorcyclist was veering from the HOV lane to the first lane of traffic. The rider allegedly lost control of his bike, crashed, which then caused another accident to occur behind him.

One of the vehicles involved in the accident allegedly ran over the motorcyclist after he had fallen from his bike, and trapped him underneath the car, the media outlet stated. The biker was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 crashes in the state in 2010, 2,735 of which involved motorcyclists.