Officials are saying four people were killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak Thursday morning.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Quentin Mehr said a commercial vehicle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 around 7 a.m. when, for an unknown reason, the driver lost control. The vehicle reportedly ran through the median area and returned back to the road on westbound Interstate 10 where it hit another commercial vehicle traveling westbound.
Mehr said two other passenger vehicles were involved in the collision. Mehr said one of those killed was in a commercial vehicle and the other three from passenger vehicles involved in the collision.
Westbound I-10 is closed and traffic is being routed off the interstate at milepost 211. DPS spokesman Bart Graves said westbound I-10 will be closed "indefinitely," and says anyone driving to the Valley delay travel or take State Route 79 as an alternative.
Eastbound Interstate 10 is open at this time.
WHEN IS THE STATE OF ARIZONA GOING TO WAKE UP AND INSTALL MEDIAN BARRIERS ON INTERSTATE 10??
This is at least the 14th crossover collision that has occurred on the I-10 in the last several years. This brings the total fatalities to no less than eight (8) people in those crossover collisions. When is the State going to learn? How many people have to die before they decide to do something?
As recent as a few years ago, the state could have installed cable median barriers for about $150,000 per mile. The entire area between Phoenix and Tucson encompasses about 95 miles. Of this stretch, there is a fair portion (about 10 miles) that is not traversable. That means that 85 miles is. 85 X $150,000 = $12.5 million dollars.
What price do we, as Arizona citizens, place on the value of life? At least eight people have died so far. How many more need to die? Hasn’t the State realized yet that the I-10 is dangerous, and people are dying?
When the I-10 was designed and built in 1966, it looked the same as today---two lanes in each direction. The speed limit was 55 mph.
Hasn’t Tucson, Casa Grande and Phoenix grown a little bit since then?
In 1966, there was an average of 6500 cars per day. Now, there is an average of 60,000 cars per day, and the speed limits are 75 mph. That is ten times the amount of traffic, with speed limits much higher. And, we all know if the posted limit is 75, the average car is doing 80+. In addition, of the 60,000 cars, no less than 25% is truck traffic. Ever seen how those things drive? Take a good look here. This is what happens!!!
Wake up Arizona and ADOT! Otherwise, I-10 travelers be wary—you could be next. Is this the type of roadway that we want in Arizona? Shouldn’t we demand more? Shouldn’t our government provide us better safety on the roads? How many people have to die before they wake up???