UPDATED: Fatal crash closes eastbound I-10 near Marana

10/28/14  - A fatal crash has closed eastbound Interstate 10 west of Marana on Tuesday morning, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The two-vehicle crash happened about 4:33 a.m. and blocked all eastbound lanes.

There was not estimated time as to when the lanes would reopen, an ADOT spokesman said. Traffic was using the front road to get past the crash site at milepost 231.

ADOT said the westbound lanes were briefly closed,.

Update 9:49am - all lanes are now open.

I-10 Cross Over Fatalities Can Be Prevented: But Arizona doesn't do a thing about it. See the alarming statistics you didn't know.

10/24/14 - Yesterday, there was yet ANOTHER crossover fatality on Interstate 10 in Arizona, where at least one person was killed. These accident occur with alarming frequency.

One unnecessary death is 1 death too many. Can they be prevented?

 According to the State of Arizona’s own experts, the answer is YES, with 95% certainty. 

The answer: A barrier place in the dirt medians to separate the opposing directions of travel. 

They look something like this: 

How many accidents have there been? 

How many people have died? 

The statistics compiled are not completely up to date, and in general only apply to the stretch of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. 

Over the course of last 10 years, we have compiled stats. 

Our research shows that there have been upwards of 50-60 deaths from crossover crashes between Phoenix and Tucson.

Our research also shows for as little as $50,000 per mile, or less than $10 million for the entire stretch between Phoenix and Tucson, these barriers could be in place. 

ADOT’s budge per year is $300 million. 

I’ll bet the loved ones of the 50-60 people who have been killed in these crossover accidents would be interested to know that less than 3% of a single year’s budget could have prevented the death of their family member?

If that cost were spread out over the 10 years ($300M x 10 = $3B / $10M) = .003% of the budget. That is 3/1000 of 1%.

Anyone have a problem with this?

Updated Photos: Fatality closes I-10 in both directions near Casa Grande

10/23/14 - Does the State of Arizona care about its citizens?  Really?

When are they going to prove it?

Interstate 10 was closed in both directions north of Casa Grande after a fatal collision Thursday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A five-vehicle fatal collision on Interstate 10 north of Casa Grande closed all lanes east and westbound Thursday morning, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Shortly after 5:15 a.m., a westbound semi truck crossed over the median and crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle, said Tim Case, a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The driver of that second vehicle died.

The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing, Case said.

Investigators could not provide any additional information on injuries other than the fatality.
Helicopter footage from the scene showed a semi toppled on its side as it sat on the shoulder of the road and faced oncoming traffic.

One alternate route from Phoenix to Tucson includes taking State Route 87 to State Route 187. Drivers will then return to I-10 just north of Casa Grande.

Another option, provided by ADOT, is exiting at State Route 347 and travelling through Maricopa.

COMMENT:  In the last ten (10) years, 75-100 people have died as a result of crossover collisions on Interstate 10.

Recent evidence show that not only did Arizona know as early as 2001 that the traffic conditions on I-10 were unsafe, but more than 3 years ago, the federal government told Arizona the same, and told Arizona that it MUST do something about it.  

Actions of Arizona to date:  Little or nothing.  There are median barriers in only select areas of I-10.  Crossover collisions continue, and the deaths are piling up.

Even Arizona’s own experts have testified under oath that median barriers are 95% effective in preventing crossover collisions.  

Update - 11:37am: Arizona Department of Public Safety News Release

Cross-over Collision Along I-10 Results in a Fatality Near Sacaton

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - DPS is investigating two collisions involving five vehicles along I-10 at milepost 180, west of Sacaton, Arizona.

At about 5:17 a.m. a commercial truck-tractor pulling a semi-trailer crossed over the depressed dirt median from the westbound traffic lanes and collided with a passenger vehicle within the eastbound traffic lanes. The depressed dirt median divides the westbound and eastbound traffic lanes of I-10. The commercial truck rolled onto it's left side within the dirt shoulder on the eastbound side.

The male driver of the passenger car was deceased on-scene. It is unknown why the commercial truck crossed over into the easbound traffic lanes.

The driver of the commercial truck was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Shortly after the initail collision, three other vehicle traveling westbound long I-10 became involved in a minor injury collision. One of the drivers was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Last updated by Raul Garcia, Public Information Officer, at 11:00 a.m.

Update - 12:22pm: West Bound I-10 is open while East Bound remains closed

Update - 1:16pm: East Bound I-10 is now open. Traffic still slow.

Update - 3:53pm: Arizona Department of Public Safety Releases Photos Related To I-10 Accident.

10/17: Weekend I10 Freeway Closures

We aren't showing any significant closures throughout the I-10 Corridor for the weekend. Make sure you drive safe and drive smart, Arizona. Remember to stay updated here as we will continue to post the latest closures if any are reported in the very near future.

10/17: Wrong-way wreck closes EB I-10 west of downtown Phoenix

A wreck west of downtown Phoenix closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 early Friday morning, and authorities expected the closure to remain in place through the morning rush hour, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The wreck forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of I-10 at the interchange with Interstate 17 and includes the ramps linking I-17 with the eastbound lanes of I-10. Police began receiving emergency calls at about 2 a.m. reporting a car driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near State Route 143, said Raul Garcia, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

By 2:08 a.m., the car had continued driving against traffic in the westbound lanes, moving through the downtown area, before it collided with another car near Seventh Avenue, Garcia said. Three other cars drove through the wreckage shortly after the collision and hit debris and the two vehicles involved in the initial wreck, Garcia said.

Four people were taken to hospitals with injuries that varied from serious to critical, he said. Police said the suspect driver is a 25-year-old woman and investigators believe impairment may have played a factor, Garcia said.

The wreck was expected to keep the eastbound lanes of I-10 closed for hours, Garcia said. By 6:30 a.m., ADOT was reporting a backup that started downtown and extended to 67th Avenue.

The closure extends to Seventh Avenue, according to ADOT, where drivers can re-enter the eastbound lanes of I-10. The westbound lanes of I-10 remained open.

Who's responsible for debris that injures you on the freeway?

You see it time and time again. Debris that has been left on freeways and usually just pushed to the shoulder. 

What makes Debris on the freeway so dangerous is the rate of speed that you are driving. It gives you little time to react to what's on the road. 

If you happen to hit some debris, and you are injured, what happens? Who's responsible for it? 

In Arizona, Arizona Revised Statute, §28-1098 states:

1.  A person shall not drive or move a vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is 
constructed or loaded in a manner to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping from the vehicle.

2.  A person shall not operate a vehicle on a highway with a load unless the load and any covering on the load are securely fastened in a manner to prevent the covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manners a hazard to other users of the highway.

That means if you are injured due to highway debris, you must prove that it came from a specific vehicle. In some instances, proof is needed to show that the responsible vehicle was negligent in some manner.

If you cannot locate the responsible party of the Debris, you may be able to state a claim with their own insurance company under the Uninsured Motorist Coverage. 

Witnesses are also key. It's possible that freeway debris was caused in any number of ways and can be hard to locate the origin of it. 

Having an experienced personal injury attorney will come in handy in this situation. There are many variables involved and without the right procedures, something may be left out which could make all the difference in your case. Make sure you know your rights.