Three Killed in Roadway Accidents Across Arizona

Three Killed in Roadway Accidents Across ArizonaThree people were killed in two separate roadway car accidents in Arizona recently, one of which closed a road for hours, clogging traffic along the highway.

According to the Tucson Citizen, an early morning crash on Thursday, January 12, involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle left one person dead and closed a large portion of Cave Creek Road, the Phoenix Police Department stated.

The news source stated police officials closed the westbound exit and several on-ramps from Loop 101 at Cave Creek Road, as well as all traffic traveling in the southbound lanes from from Rose Garden Lane.

Later Phoenix police officers opened the eastbound exit from Loop 1010, however all traffic was directed northward. The intersection at the exit for Cave Creek Road of the Loop 101 was closed for several hours after the accident.

The Citizen reports officials are still investigating the accident and working to determine the exact cause of the crash. Police have withheld the name of the deceased until the family has been notified.

Initial reports indicate impairment is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Only days before, a separate crash occurred in Seligman, in which two people were killed after their vehicle rolled on Interstate 40, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the news source, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said a van with a trailer behind it was involved in the wreck, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. near milepost 101.

The DPS believes the van rolled, ejecting one person from the crash, however the two who remained in the car were killed.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 crashes in Arizona in 2010, 698 of which were fatal.