3 dead in massive pileup on I-10; victims' names released - New York News

3 dead in massive pileup on I-10; victims' names released

Posted: Updated: Nov 5, 2013 04:13 AM
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -

Authorities say three people are dead and at least 12 others are injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes on Interstate 10 south of Casa Grande.

Arizona Department of Public Safety says 19 vehicles, including 10 commercial vehicles, were involved in chain-reaction collisions shortly after noon Tuesday. This happened between milepost 214 and 216.

DPS officials say at least one passenger car was pinned between two 18-wheelers and others were wedged under big rigs.

SkyFOX footage showed several cars that smashed into each other in the middle of the highway with most of the big rigs pulled over on the side of I-10 near Picacho Peak in south-central Arizona.

"One truck hit another truck. Cars start piling into each other, and they pushed that one truck right into me and off to the side of the road. I couldn't see anything because the (dust) was so thick, but I could just hear it, 'Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,'" said witness Henry Wallace.

Several medical helicopters took some of the injured to hospitals in Tucson and Phoenix. One person was reported to be in critical condition.

I-10 was completely back open about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The three killed during the collisions were identified as Gordon Lee Smith, 76, of Mead, Washington, David D. Bechtel, 51, of Milton, Iowa, and Lenny Lubers, 46, of Phoenix.  Smith's wife is among the injured.

The Picacho Peak area is prone to dust storms that develop suddenly and can quickly reduce visibility to zero for drivers.
 
The National Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory shortly before the crashes, with wind gusts of up to 30 mph reported in the area.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said Tuesday's crash was one of the worst chain-reaction accidents in that area in the past seven years.

The investigation into exactly what happened is ongoing.

Video: FOX 10's Ty Brennan reports.

Driving in a dust storm: PullAsideStayAlive.org

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:33:11 GMT
    New Haven police say they have charged a Westbrook with making a hoax call in November to say an armed man was heading to shoot up Yale University.
    Police say they have charged a Connecticut man with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University. New Haven police said Wednesday that 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.
  • Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:10:58 GMT
    The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday.
    The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday.
  • Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:57:07 GMT
    NJ TransitNJ Transit
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is holding its monthly board meeting, two days after it heard from a panel on what it needs to do to improve its accountability and efficiency and restore public trust.
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could rescind a $1-a-year lease for a park-and-ride lot near the Lincoln Tunnel. The agency's chief of real estate and development told a committee Wednesday that it should change a deal made in 2012. Published reports have alleged that former Port Authority chairman David Samson voted to approve the lease even though his law firm did business with New Jersey Transit, which operates the park-and-ride lot.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices