Interstate 10 Collision Leaves Two Men Injured, One Dead on Wednesday

Interstate 10 Collision Leaves Two Men Injured, One Dead on WednesdayTwo men from Safford, Arizona, were injured in a car accident on Wednesday, February 29, while a third man from Tucson was killed in the Interstate 10 accident, the Eastern Arizona Courier reports.

According to the media outlet, 24-year-old Matthew S. Harrell, of Tucson, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by medical officials at about 7:17 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety public information officer Quentin G. Mehr stated.

An early investigation has found that Harrell was driving in the eastbound lanes on I-10 in a ford passenger sedan when he allegedly veered into the median and struck a Palo Verde tree. Officials say it is currently unknown why Harrell’s vehicle steered off course, the Courier stated.

After colliding with the tree, Harrell bounced into the westbound lanes of the freeway and crashed into a GMC pickup truck with a trailer in-tow behind it. The truck was being driven by 45-year-old Robert C. Halverson of Safford, who suffered only minor injuries in the accident and was treated at the scene by medical professionals.

Warren S. Peterson, a passenger in the pickup truck, suffered more serious injuries. The 47-year-old, also of Safford, had to be transported to The University of Arizona Medical Center- University Campus, where he was treated and released shortly after, according to the news provider.

Investigators say Halverson and Peterson were both properly wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, however Harrell was not restrained. The exact cause of the collision has not been determined.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 accidents throughout the state in 2010, resulting in 698 fatalities and 33,195 injuries.