A collision involving up to 20 vehicles forced the closure of southbound Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City on Sunday 10/23/16, causing a lengthy backup that lasted into the evening. The massive crash was the result of a cattle hauler unable to stop in time.
At least 12 people were injured, with six in serious to critical condition, according to Phoenix Fire Department officials assisted. Three people needed to be extricated; others were flown to the hospital while others were transported by ambulance.
Southbound lanes of the interstate were closed at Sunset Point and traffic was diverted along several alternative routes.
COMMENT: What now? What happens with such a massive crash?
The early report is that a "cattle hauler" was unable to stop in time, but stop for what? On an urban freeway, slow downs and stops must be anticipated. We don't expect it as much on the rural highways. So what happened here? Another crash? The information suggests the cattle hauler had to have to stop for something. More investigation is needed.
Many are injured, some seriously. What insurance applies? What if there is not enough?
An investigation will reveal all drivers who bear some fault for this large crash, and their insurance companies will be involved. Time and diligence will sort through all issues.
If there is not enough insurance to cover all of the injury claims, then the injured peoples' own "underinsured motorist coverage" will apply.
It's gonna take awhile to sort this one out. It is complicated, so those involved should seek legal representation with experienced accident/injury lawyers.