Car crash on Interstate 10 kills woman


03/01/13 - Interstate 10 reopened at about 6 a.m. at 35th Avenue after a fatal collision closed westbound lanes for about three hours early Friday morning, the third freeway closure in as many days.

A 24-year-old female driving at a high rate of speed lost control and struck a wall around 3 a.m. Her car was clipped by a truck and struck by another vehicle, according to authorities.

The female driver was declared dead at the scene. The other drivers involved were not injured. Traffic has heavy near the collision site. Eastbound travel was not affected by the road closure, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Thursday morning, a fatal semi-truck crash forced the closure of Interstate 10 near Southern Avenue in Tempe for seven hours, causing backups for miles.

The truck driver, Arturo Munoz, 31, was killed. Wednesday, a toppled semitruck hauling mulch shutdown eastbound lanes near Interstate 17 and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Westbound lanes were shut down near downtown Feb. 13 for nearly 12 hours after a semitruck carrying coffee creamer overturned on the I-10.

The incident disrupted the morning commute while transportation officials orchestrated a massive cleanup operation.