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.