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DPS Investigating Two Separate, But Related Collisions That Occurred On US 60 This Morning

One of the collisions involved a fatality

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 -

Highway Patrol Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) are investigating two separate, but related collisions that occurred this morning on U.S. 60 in Mesa. One of the collisions resulted in a fatality.

The first collision occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. between two vehicles along the westbound lanes of U.S. 60 near Power Road in Mesa. One of the vehicles involved in the collision, which was caused by unsafe lane usage, stalled within the far right traffic lanes of U.S. 60.

The events leading to the second collision, which involved a fatality, began when a garbage truck stopped behind the stalled vehicle involved in the first collision.

Just a few minutes later, a box truck crashed into the rear of the garbage truck, killing the driver of the box truck.

The driver of the garbage truck was not inside of his vehicle when it was rear-ended. He had stepped out of his vehicle to place a 911 call to report the first collision.

The driver and occupants of the stalled vehicle involved in the first collision fled the scene on foot and have not been located. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the first collision received a minor injury.

The westbound Power Road on ramp, in addition to two westbound lanes of the freeway, were closed for about five hours following the collision.

The person who died in the collision has been identified as 32-year-old Domingo Diego Mateo of Queen Creek, Arizona.

DPS Highway Patrol Officers and the DPS Vehicular Crimes Unit are investigating both collisions.