11/21/12 - One person has been killed in a collision on eastbound Interstate 10 west of the Valley.
The Department of Public Safety says the accident happened in the backup of an earlier crash involving two cars near Verrado Way around 11 p.m.
Tuesday night. In that accident there was an adult male and female in one car and an adult female and five children in the second. DPS says the adults and three children had minor injuries, two of the children suffered more serious injuries. Officials say all the children were ejected from the vehicle as none were buckled in.
DPS says the vehicle with two people inside was traveling over 100 mph. The driver will likely be charged with aggravated assault. Officials say the incident may have started with a domestic dispute between the couple that continued as they traveled on the freeway.
The second crash happened around 11:45 p.m. about a mile away, between Watson and Miller roads, involving three semi trucks and several passenger cars. DPS said traffic was backed up from the earlier accident when a commercial vehicle rear-ended another semi truck and pushed that semi into four other cars and another semi truck. The semi that caused the crash burst into flames and the driver was killed in the fire.
DPS does not believe there was anyone else in the truck. DPS says there were numerous injuries to other drivers but they are expected to survive. Fire crews continue to work to put out the fire that is burning furniture in the back of the truck.
Eastbound I-10 is closed and not expected to be opened until approximately 11 a.m., according to DPS. Traffic is being detoured south onto Maricopa County 85, through the town of Buckeye and back onto I-10 at Jackrabbit Trail.