Phoenix Holiday Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured on I-10

Phoenix Holiday Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured on I-10A holiday weekend crash killed one Phoenix man and injured three others on Interstate 10 near Desert Center, California, causing a back up of 20 miles as thousands returned from their holiday destinations.

According to My Desert, 54-year-old Carlos Rivera Hernandez was killed after his pickup truck flipped and rolled into oncoming traffic seven miles east of Desert Center. The Riverside County coroner’s office stated the accident occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m., and that Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene 22 minutes later.

After the accident, Hernandez’s truck blocked traffic in the westbound lanes of I-10 for hours until it was reopened by the California Highway Patrol. By 5 p.m., traffic heading west had picked up speed to about 30 miles per hour, but the rush of holiday travelers caused a backup that extended for miles, with some motorists standing beside their cars during the traffic jams.

A police dispatcher told the media outlet that normal holiday traffic eventually resumed by 10.pm.

The Associated Press reports that after the rollover, a group of witnesses helped to free one of the survivors of the crash by working together to lift the overturned truck enough to pull the woman from the cab.

The holiday weekend’s crashes extended into the next week in Arizona, where a man was killed in a car accident that closed four westbound lanes of Loop 22 near McClintock Drive in Tempe, the Arizona Republic reports.

According to the media outlet, the accident occurred at about 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, when two vehicles allegedly collided, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Reportedly, the victim was a man who was working to change the tire on his vehicle, however authorities are still trying to determine what initially caused the crash. By 6:40 p.m., the site had been cleaned up and all lanes of traffic were reopened.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, the news provider stated.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 crashes in the state in 2010, resulting in 698 fatalities and an additional 33,195 injuries. Of the total, 1,449 accidents involving pedestrians were reported.