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Update on two serious crashes overnight in the west valley

The crashes led to the death of one person and multiple injuries to others

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 -

Just after 11 p.m. last night, a Honda Accord was involved in a serious injury crash on Interstate 10 near Watson Road.

A 35-year-old male was driving with his wife, mother-in-law, and daughter eastbound near Watson Road when an argument broke out. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and the mother-in-law and daughter were told to get out of the car. The driver then sped off with the wife still inside the vehicle at an extremely high rate of speed.

The driver eventually hit a Suburban which was traveling eastbound, causing it to roll over. Five children inside the suburban were ejected from the vehicle and sustained significant injuries. At least two of those children remain at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in serious condition but are expected to survive.

The driver of the Honda Accord suffered serious injuries and has been admitted into the hospital. Upon the release of the Honda Accord’s driver, he will be booked into jail for multiple criminal charges to include Aggravated Assault as a result of the crash.

The name of the suspect will not be released until he is either booked into jail or charges are filed with the Maricopa County Attorneys Office.

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At 11:45 p.m., just 45 minutes after the previous wreck, a fatal crash occurred between three semi trucks and four passenger cars.

A semi-truck carrying furniture crashed into another semi that was stopped in the back up as a result of the aforementioned wreck. The crash between the two semis caused them to be pushed into four other cars and an additional semi truck. The semi carrying furniture caught fire immediately after the initial impact killing the driver.

As a result of both of these wrecks, Interstate 10 was closed at Miller Road from 11:45 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. Traffic was re-routed onto State Route 85 and through the Town of Buckeye. Traffic re-entered Interstate 10 at Jack Rabbit Trail.

DPS would like to thank the Arizona Department of Transportation for the assistance with the road closure and detour as well as the Town of Buckeye Police Department for their help with traffic control.