It’s been (another) difficult week on Tucson streets.
Four people have died in road-related crashes this week; a pedestrian, a bicyclist and two people were killed in accidents on I-19.
The pedestrian fatality occurred this morning when a woman was hit by a TUSD school bus near Ft. Lowell and Swan. No one on the bus was injured. Today’s fatality brings the total number of pedestrian deaths in Tucson in 2018 to four. Last year at this time, there were zero pedestrian fatalities.
A bicyclist lost his life yesterday on eastbound River Road at Shannon, after being hit by a vehicle. No further details have been released.
Two fatal crashes caused significant delays on I-19 south of Tucson on Wednesday morning. A two-vehicle fatal wreck happened near Pima Mine Road, with cars visible in the median of I-19. Both lanes of travel were halted for hours, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).
A second, unrelated fatal crash closed I-19 near Green Valley. According to DPS, the collision involved a tractor-trailer and an RV, closing the road near the Green Valley exit at around 11 am yesterday.
I-19 has seen a high number of collisions in recent months, claiming several lives. Many Arizona highways, including most of I-19 lack cable median barriers. Cable median barriers are very efficient and can help prevent vehicles from leaving the roadway and hitting trees in the median or worse, crossing into opposing traffic.
I-19 is a two-lane highway that runs for 63 miles from Tucson to Nogales. I-19 was officially completed in 1972 and is a heavily traveled highway.
If you’ve been involved in a highway crash in Arizona, the Leader Law Firm can help. We focus on highway crashes and have had several multi-million dollar verdicts against the State of Arizona. We provide free case consultations.