At least four people were killed and nine others were injured in a violent multi-vehicle crash in Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday.
The accident, which involved a semi-truck carrying milk, occurred around 10 p.m. MT in the eastbound lanes of Loop 202 near Papago Park, according to the State Department of Public Safety, reported NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix.
When firefighters arrived, they discovered the semi-trailer was leaking milk and diesel fuel, as well as a fire inside one of the vehicles involved in the crash, the fire department said. from Phoenix. Investigators said the driver of the semi-trailer was heading east on the freeway, failed to slow traffic on an exit ramp and struck several vehicles.
The tank separated from the truck, crossed traffic, knocked down a concrete barrier, landed on the westbound lanes and caught fire, the DPS said. A total of seven vehicles were involved in the accident, which cut both directions of loop 202.
Four people died at the scene and six others, including four men and two women, were taken to hospital in critical condition, firefighters said. Two other men and a 6-year-old girl were stable Thursday morning.
The identities of the victims were not immediately disclosed by the authorities.
Investigators said there was no sign of depreciation.
Westbound lanes have reopened, but eastbound lanes are expected to be closed throughout the morning.