Interstate 19, south of Tucson, has claimed two lives, just two days into 2018.
Two people died and four people injured when the pickup truck they were riding in crashed on northbound I-19 Tuesday morning.
At least two people were ejected from the vehicle when the pickup truck rolled into the median near San Xavier shortly before 7:40 a.m., according to Kameron Lee, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman.
Three children and an adult woman were transported to a Tucson hospital to be treated for injuries, Lee said.
A man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene, but their ages were unavailable, Lee said.
The southbound lanes of I-19 were temporarily closed so that a medical helicopter could land, but I-19 has since reopened.
I-19 is a two-lane interstate, south of Tucson, that runs into Nogales. According to the initial reports, the vehicle rolled into the median. Many stretches of I-19 lack median barriers that would help prevent vehicles from traveling into the median and often, into opposing lanes of traffic.
The results of these types of crashes, known as crossovers, are often catastrophic. Crossover crashes are all too frequent on Arizona interstates.
The Leader Law Firm has represented numerous clients involved in median crashes on Arizona highways. We know how devastating these crashes can be and the damage they inflict.
Our sincere condolences go to the families of those that died, and we hope the injured recover quickly.
Please be aware that Arizona’s highways can be hazardous and drive them with care! If you have been involved in a crash and have been injured on an Arizona highway, please contact the Leader Law Firm. We offer free case evaluations and can help you determine your best path forward.