I-10 Closed Near Goodyear After Car Wreck

07/11/16 - A fatal car wreck forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in the West Valley late Monday morning.

The wreck ---which NEVER should have happened--was reported near Watson Road, west of Goodyear at about 11:15 a.m. Monday.

The collision and emergency response forced authorities to close the westbound lanes of I-10 at about 11:25 a.m. Monday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation later reported that the highway was closed in both directions.  A large SUV traveling on I-10 around 11 a.m. lost control and crossed into the median, causing the vehicle to roll over. Two people died as a result of the crash, according to the Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr.

Sad.  Stupid.  Absurd.  Ridiculous.  Unnecessary.  Shameful. 

Choose your descriptor.

Why the State of Arizona Highway department (ADOT) still refuses to put median barriers in place is anyone’s guess.

Hundreds have died from crossover collisions, despite the State’s own experts admitting there is an easy and almost foolproof (95%+) fix:  Cable Median Barriers.

In 2012, a Maricopa County jury found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded a family that lost two family members $7.8 million.

In 2015, a Maricopa County jury again found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded two families that each lost a family member $47 million.

Why does ADOT refuse to install barriers?  They know they work (installed throughout all metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson).

People keep dying on our state highways. 

There is only one way to wake up the State of Arizona:  Keep the lawsuits coming.  Eventually as the judgments get bigger, the taxpayers will demand something be done.  

DPS: At least one killed in crash on I-10 near Riggs Road

06/22 - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating after a deadly crash on Interstate 10 south of the Valley Tuesday night.

Troopers said two vehicles crashed in the westbound lanes, killing at least one person. The Arizona Department of Transportation said the crash closed I-10 westbound near Riggs Road.

All traffic was being forced to exit onto Riggs, according to a news release. Officials did not have an estimate of when the highway would reopen, and told drivers to expect delays and plan alternate routes.

Drivers needing to return to I-10 can take Riggs Road east to SR 87, north on SR 87 to Loop 202 Santan Freeway and west on L202 Santan to return to I-10.

The backup due to the crash and closure extended for about a mile as of 9:45 p.m., ADOT said. No other information was immediately available.

3 dead following wrong-way collision on Interstate 10 near Tonopah

06/20: Two women were killed when a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 10 struck their car head-on Friday night near Tonopah, according to the Department of Public Safety. The man also died. A third person in the car that was hit was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At about 8:45 p.m., DPS troopers responded to reports of a collision on I-10 near milepost 92. Witnesses reported seeing a silver  car drive away at, they estimated, more than 100 mph. At 9:30 p.m., the DPS received calls of a driver heading east in the westbound lanes of I-10 at milepost 94. A short time later, they received calls reporting a head-on collision in the same area.
Troopers on scene confirmed the wrong-way vehicle was the same silver car seen fleeing the earlier collision. DPS troopers reported they believe the driver was impaired. The highway was shut down for five hours following the crash.

The DPS has not yet released the names of the individuals who died.

Crash closes eastbound I-10 east of Quartzsite

06/17 - A fatal crash has closed eastbound Interstate 10 about 10 miles east of Quartzsite. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said at least two people have been airlifted from the scene.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said a detour has been set up to get drivers around the closure: Travelers will exit I-10 at U.S. 60 eastbound (milepost 31), then turn south on Vicksburg Road, which will bring drivers back to I-10 near milepost 45.

Drivers should allow for extra travel time. There is no estimated time to reopen eastbound lanes. Westbound lanes remain open.

Another fatal collision slowing traffic on I-10 near Picacho Peak

06/15 - Another fatality on the I-10 freeway in Arizona. 

This is just another example of why the I-10 freeway has been considered the deadliest highway in America. 

There are too many cases of people losing their lives on this dangerous highway.

A fatal single vehicle accident on westbound I-10 at milepost 221 near Picacho Peak has backed up traffic for about several miles.

Arizona Department of Public Safety official Quentin Mehr says the collision happened around 2:40 p.m.

According to Mehr, a vehicle was traveling eastbound on I-10 when the 78-year-old driver lost control.

She ran through the median onto the westbound side of I-10 and rolled her vehicle. Both eastbound and westbound I-10 are restricted to one lane in the area of the collision.

Arizona Joins Four State Coalition to Improve Interstate 10: Will this finally fix the issue?

Interstate 10 was recently being named one of the “deadliest in the nation”.

In response, transportation officials from Arizona are teaming up with New Mexico, California and Texas to make it safer.

The states have joined together in a four-state partnership called the I-10 Corridor Coalition.

The goal of the partnership is to make travel more efficient and safer for truck drivers and non-commercial drivers.

The four states will pool resources and expertise to improve technology along the corridor and increase innovation to make everything run smoother.


Laura McCan has been a professional truck driver for over 20 years. She said it is way past time for improvements for I-10, especially for those who have to drive through multiple states on a regular basis.

“It's not just congestion, it's danger. It's dangerous for everyone,” she said. “There needs to be more lanes, more room for trucks and traffic. There needs to be more parking and rest areas for big trucks.”

Other drivers cited congestion as a main point of concern. Potholes were an issue as well, both for safety and money.

“It's not only dangerous, but it's very expensive. You figure one trip up the freeway, and you're talking almost $300 on a front end alignment on a big truck, if not more,” said one truck driver. “Then you have to replace the steer tires. It is very expensive.”

These issues are exactly what the four-state coalition is hopeful they will fix. 

Those that travel I-10 for a living are hopeful as well. Officials with this coalition said they will also work with other levels of the government to possibly enact safety laws for the interstate.

Okay. I’m hearing a lot of talk, but will this newly formed coalition actually accomplish anything—or is it just lip service? A HUGE issue for Interstate 10 involves serious injuries and deaths resulting from crossover crashes. 

There is a very simple and relatively low cost solution to save lives: Cable Median Barriers. In the last 4 years, the State of Arizona alone has lost $55 million in wrongful death jury verdicts due to these very preventable accidents.

In both trials, the State’s own experts have testified as to the low cost of the cable median barriers, and that cable median barriers are 95% effective in preventing these crashes. 

To date, there are no median barriers on Interstate 10. 

So, perhaps this coalition will wake up the powers that be and finally get something done? We certainly hope so, for the sake of all future travelers of Interstate 10.

I-10 Freeway Ranked Deadliest In Nation

05/27/16 - Per the research, Interstate 10 had more deaths over the past year (278) followed by the Interstate 95 (204).
For travelers in Arizona, these statistics are not telling us anything we didn’t already know.  We have already been involved in too many cases where innocent victims lost their lives from Interstate 10 crashes.