Elderly Woman Dies In Interstate-10 Rollover

A woman who was not wearing a seat belt died during a car cash on Interstate-10.Interstate-10 spans across Arizona, running east from California and east to New Mexico. Crews completed work on the roadway in the 1950s, and millions of motorists travel on it each year. Like many highways, it is often the sight of a number of traffic accidents each year.

On Sunday, September 18, one person died and an additional two people were seriously injured on the roadway, according to a report from KVOA News.

Tucson authorities affirmed a passenger vehicle ran into a tractor-trailer during the incident, which occurred Sunday morning. The driver of the automobile reportedly lost control after striking the tractor-trailer and rolled over on Interstate-10, on a swath of the road located roughly 30 miles away from Tucson.

Police said that at 9:22 a.m., the 1999 Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound near milepost 288. Department of Public Safety officials said the incident was thought to have been prompted by the failure of the automobile's right rear tire.

DPS authorities later confirmed the identities of the parties involved. Officials asserted 54-year-old Armando Galaz was operating the vehicle at the time of the incident; 54-year-old Rosa Galaz was sitting in the passenger-side front seat. Both Galaz and his wife sustained significant injuries during the incident. They were later taken to a hospital for treatment.

Reports indicated the driver of the tractor-trailer escaped the incident unharmed. Authorities did not initially release his identity. Aside from Galaz and his wife, there was another passenger traveling in the vehicle, authorities asserted.

Seventy-one-year-old Francisca Villa was seated in the rear seat of the Nissan, according to DPS officials. She was also taken to a nearby hospital, but doctors said she had suffered fatal injuries; she was later pronounced dead. Officials said she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which may have helped to prevent her death.