Officials said Wednesday that at least four people were killed and nine were injured in a severe multi-vehicle crash in Phoenix.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a crash involving a milk-carrying semi-truck occurred around 10 pm in the eastern lane of Loop 202 near Papago Park.
Firefighters responding to the scene discovered that a semi-truck leaked milk and diesel fuel, causing a fire inside one of the vehicles involved in the collision, according to NBC affiliates. KPNX Phoenix. Investigators said the truck was heading east on the freeway and could not slow down due to traffic congestion in the area of 52nd Street and Van Buren Street, colliding with seven vehicles.
State officials said the tank separated from the truck, crossed traffic, turned over a concrete barrier, landed in the westbound lane, and ignited.
According to the Phoenix Fire Department, four people were killed on the scene and six, including four men and two women, were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The other two men and a 6-year-old girl were stable.
The identities of the victims were not immediately disclosed by the authorities.
Investigators said there were no signs of impairment.
Both directions of loop 202 have been temporarily shut down. The westbound lane has resumed, but the eastbound lane will be closed in the morning.