Pedestrian struck, killed on I-10 in Chandler


04/22/14 - Authorities are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that fled after fatally striking a person ejected from another vehicle on Interstate 10 in Chandler, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.   Investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

The wreck closed the interstate for several hours but the road had re-opened by early Tuesday morning.

DPS Officer Carrick Cook said a speeding truck was merging onto eastbound I-10 from Ray Road when it swerved to avoid another vehicle at about 8:20 p.m. Monday.

The violent swerving caused a passenger to be ejected from the truck and thrown onto the freeway, according to Cook.

Cook said another pickup struck and killed the person but kept on driving.

Officials late Monday were interviewing witnesses to try to get a description of the truck that fled the scene.

A tarp appeared to be covering the body in the middle lanes of eastbound I-10 at about 9 p.m.
The Arizona Department of Transportation sent out a tweet on Monday at about 8:40 p.m. that said all eastbound lanes were closed and that traffic was being diverted.

At one point, eastbound traffic was backed up to Elliot Road, about four miles away from the scene of the incident.


04/18: Weekend Closures


We are happy to report that we are showing no major closures on the I-10 Freeway for this Holiday Weekend.

For those that will be traveling on the highway, it's always good to stay alert and cautious of other drivers.

That means smooth travels for you! Please remember to drive safe and to drive smart! Stay safe out there everyone! Happy Easter!


East Valley I-10 crash: Wrong-way driver hits 2 vehicles, 2 sent to hospital, authorities say



04/16/14 - A woman drove the wrong way on Interstate 10 Tuesday night and hit two other vehicles, sending both herself and another person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said.
 
The woman driving a passenger car entered Interstate 10 westbound driving the correct way on the Warner Road on-ramp at about 11 p.m., he said. But she made a U-turn and ended up driving the wrong way near the HOV lanes of eastbound I-10, Garcia said.

She crashed into a semitruck and another passenger vehicle, Garcia said. The wrong-way driver and a person from the passenger vehicle were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said.

The truck driver did not have any injuries, he said.

Officials are still investigating whether the wrong-way driver was impaired, Garcia said.

The road was was closed intermittently from 11 p.m. to 5:45 a.m., he said.