09/21/15 - Two people died Monday when a pickup truck collided with a semi in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Casa Grande.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the pickup was traveling west on Interstate 10 when it crossed over the median and collided with the semi, which was hauling milk, shortly after 5 a.m. Both drivers were pronounced at dead at the scene.
The reason why the pickup driver crossed the median was unknown, and an investigation is continuing. The eastbound I-10 was expected to be restricted to one lane for about three hours.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported a mile-long traffic backup.
HONESTLY, WHEN IS THE STATE OF ARIZONA GOING TO DO SOMETHING????
Over the last 10 years, there have now been nearly 85 people die from cross-median accidents on Interstate 10. The State knows this.
The State also knows there is a very easy fix: Install cable median barriers. This is not an expensive repair, and per the State's own experts, is 95% EFFECTIVE in presenting these crossover deaths.
As of today, there have been no less than 10-12 lawsuits filed against the State. In February 2012, a Maricopa County jury found the State 100% at fault for the crossover problem and awarded a family $7.8 million for the death of their husband/father and six year old daughter.
Recently, the State settled another crossover case where three members of the same family died, for $2.1 million.
That's nearly $10 million paid by the State for its negligence; if the State had decided to put in the median cable barriers, it would not have cost this much.
And, presently, there are no less than 6-8 other lawsuits pending against the State for this same problem.
WHEN WILL THE STATE WAKE UP? Who really knows. What we do know is that until the State takes the necessary action, these collisions will continue to happen, and innocent motorists will continue to die.