Fatal crash closes I-10 westbound south of Chandler - When will Arizona finally wake up?


Fatal crash closes I-10 westbound south of Chandler - When will Arizona finally wake up?
(8/29/18) A fatal crash involving a commercial vehicle on fire has closed Interstate 10 westbound south of Chandler from Riggs Road to Loop 202 Santan, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
"Preliminary information is at about 9:52 a.m. a commercial vehicle was eastbound on I-10 when it veered into the median. The commercial vehicle went through the median and onto the westbound lanes of I-10 where it struck three vehicles. After striking the vehicles the commercial vehicle ran off the road, overturning and catching fire. At this time there are two fatalities. The driver of the commercial vehicle has been transported from the scene with serious injuries.
When is the state of Arizona highway department going to wake up?
With this crash, hundreds of people have now died on Arizona time ways from these crossover crashes.  In February 2012, A Maricopa County jury awarded a family $7.8 million for a crossover crash that happened very close to this one.
 The message to the Arizona state highway department was clear: Fix the highways!  
The state did not listen.  Then, in December 2015, Maricopa County jury awarded two families nearly $45 million, sending an even clearer message to the state:
Fix the highway!!!  After that, all the state did be put up a few measly signs. Real after that, all the state did was put up a few measly signs. 
Median barriers should have gone up on Interstate 10 fifteen years ago. Had this been done, hundreds of lives would have been saved and millions of state dollars would have been saved.  
It is time that someone truly teaches the state the expensive lesson that it obviously needs to learn to make the highways safe.  How much must a jury award for the state to get it?  
We may be about to find out.


February 9, 2012: Maricopa County jury returns a $7.8 million verdict vs. State of AZ for two people killed in I-10 in a crossover accident. 

December 17, 2015: Maricopa County jury returns a $47 million verdict vs. State of AZ for two people killed in I-10 in a crossover accident.

Common elements: 1. Interstate 10; 2. Crossover crash; 3. No median barriers in place; 4. Significant accident history at the location; 5. Two people killed; 6. Victims represented by Christopher Zachar (Zachar Law Firm, Phoenix) and John Leader (Leader Law Firm, Tucson).

It just continues: On Sunday, September 17, 2017, one person died after a multi-vehicle crash near Red Rock on westbound Interstate 10.

A commercial vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 10 collided with the rear of an SUV being towed by a pickup, causing it to be disconnected from the pickup where it ran into the median and rolled over.

After colliding with the SUV, the commercial vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes of I-10 and slammed into another commercial vehicle traveling westbound. The trailer ended up on top of the cab of the westbound commercial vehicle.

The driver of the first commercial vehicle was hurt. The driver of the westbound one died at the scene, according to DPS. The driver of the pickup pulling the SUV was not hurt. When will the State highway department learn? When will it install median barriers? How much does the next verdict have to be to get the State’s attention????

Westbound I-10 to close for construction from July 7 to July 10

07/06/2017 - Drivers heading out to the West Valley or beyond during the upcoming weekend should plan ahead, as ADOT announced it will close off a portion of Interstate 10.

According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Westbound I-10 will be closed at 59th Avenue, from 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, in order to allow construction crews to safely place a 90-foot long steel falsework beam above the I-10. The beam will support a future fly-over bridge and is related to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project.

Deadly crash closes WB I-10 at 339th Avenue

7/6/2017 - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a deadly crash closed westbound Interstate 10 west of the Valley. 
According to DPS, a double-trailer semi truck and another truck crashed around 1:50 a.m. Thursday near 339th Avenue. Information from the scene suggests the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, causing the pickup to roll. The driver of the pickup was ejected and killed, and the pick-up caught fire. 
The driver of the semi was reportedly taken to the hospital for breathing problems, officials say. 
Westbound traffic is blocked for the crash investigation with only one lane getting through now. The Arizona Department of Transportation says traffic can exit at 339th Avenue and re-enter the freeway at Indian School Road. 

1 killed, 8 injured in bus rollover on I-10 near Quartzsite

7/5/2017 - A bus driver was killed and eight passengers injured Monday when a tire failed and the driver lost control of the bus carrying support staff from an Illinois drum corps.
The bus drove over the median before tumbling onto its left side shortly after 4 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 about 10 miles from the Arizona-California border, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said. Initial reports show a bad tire may have caused the crash. 
The driver, 55-year-old Donna M. Howard from Kansas City, Missouri, died after being partially ejected from the vehicle, according to Mehr, who said she wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the rollover.
The bus was being used by the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois, Mehr said.  The Phantom Regiment said in a statement that the bus was shuttling the group's support staff, not performers, between shows in California and Arizona.
Eight of the 13 passengers were taken to hospitals in Arizona and California, including two who were airlifted to a Phoenix hospital.
All eight were treated and released from hospitals by Monday evening, Mehr said.
Phantom Regiment released the following statement after the incident:
"A bus carrying staff and volunteers for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps was involved in a rollover incident early Monday morning just east of the Arizona-California border on I-10.
The driver of the bus died at the scene. Eight of the 13 passengers were transported to hospitals. All are expected to be released today. The passengers included members of the cooking, souvenir and tour management teams.
None of the performing members were involved.
Police are investigating the cause of the rollover, which shut down the highway for more than an hour.

Phoenix cheerleading bus struck by semi

6/30/2017 — Four people were injured in a fiery crash involving a big-rig and a charter bus carrying a group of cheerleaders near Mecca that closed westbound lanes of Interstate 10, backing up traffic for hours.
Among the injured were the bus driver, Manuel Valdivia of Phoenix, and three cheerleaders. All were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Initially reported as a non-injury crash, a CHP official later said that four of the roughly 30 bus passengers, ages 13 and younger, were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
The bus was headed home to Arizona from a cheerleading camp at UCLA, the CHP reported.
The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on eastbound I-10 when Valdivia slowed the bus in the No. 1 lane as he approached stopped traffic. 
Truck driver Rene Aragon of Fontana was traveling in the eastbound No. 2 lane in a 2016 Volvo semi-truck with two trailers, at a speed too fast to stop, the CHP reported.
He hit the brakes and to avoid a collision turned the truck to the left, colliding with the rear of the tour bus, officials said.

Truck crosses median, enters opposite lanes

The truck continued across the wide center median and ended up blocking the westbound lanes of I-10. The bus was also pushed into the center divide but did not collide with any other vehicles.
Aragon got out of the truck safely, though it was initially reported he was trapped inside when it burst into flames.
One eastbound and both westbound lanes of the I-10 were closed for several hours while emergency crews worked. Traffic was backed up to Cottonwood, making it difficult for tow trucks to get through.
Just before 10 p.m., all lanes in both directions were open, though officials said vehicle removal would continue into Thursday as the investigation continues.

5/26: Memorial Day Weekend Freeway Closures

We aren't showing any major closures for this holiday weekend on the I-10. Please make sure that you drive safe and drive smart out there, Arizona!


5/25/2017 - Three people were injured when two semi-tractor trailers and a passenger vehicle crashed — the semis catching fire on Interstate 10 west of Tucson Monday, May 22. 

The crash occurred when a westbound commercial truck-tractor that was pulling a semi-trailer had its front left tire fail. The driver lost control and the semi rig entered the depressed dirt median and rolled onto its side and entered the eastbound traffic lanes. 

The rig struck another commercial truck-tractor tanker head on, and a passenger vehicle also became involved in the crash. A fire erupted and destroyed the truck. The number of deaths that have occurred—and continue to occur on Interstate 10 from cross-over crashes is staggering. 

There is a simple fix that the Arizona highway department knows about, but for some reason, refuses to implement. It looks like this: Cable median barriers save lives. 

There is no dispute. The State of Arizona’s own experts admit that median barriers are 95% effective in preventing these cross-over crashes. So why does the Arizona highway department refuse to install these in Interstate 10? 

Zachar Law Firm has represented the victims of these tragedies. Two different Maricopa County juries have determined the State to be negligent and have awarded families millions of dollars in damages for the deaths of their loved ones on Interstate 10 from cross-over crashes. 

They determined that these were completely preventable.