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PHOENIX (AP) — Northbound Interstate 17 has reopened after a commercial truck-tractor rear-ended four vehicles, spreading brick pavers across the roadway, and leaving one person dead Wednesday.
The northbound lanes of the freeway opened again around 2 p.m.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Tim Case said the crash occurred just after 6:45 a.m. when a commercial truck-tractor pulling a flat-bed with concrete pavers rear-ended four vehicles near Bell Road that were stopped due to the morning rush.
The truck then swerved and crashed into the median wall, which sent many of the pavers into the southbound lanes of I-17.
The first vehicle that was rear-ended burst into flames, according to Case. The driver of that vehicle was pulled out by a DPS officer and taken to the hospital where he or she was pronounced dead.
Two other individuals were transported to the hospital in critical condition.
One witness told ABC15, "The semi full-speed, no brake lights, no anything just plowed into the first car, then into the second car and then into the third car."
Air15 video showed the semi truck with front-end damage, another vehicle on its side and a third vehicle with rear-end damage.
DPS officers were seen administering a sobriety test to what appeared to be the driver of the semi-truck.
Case said the driver of the semi-truck has been taken into custody and is being questioned.
There has been no word yet on whether the truck driver faces charges.
County Manager Tom Manos has named former Arizona Department of Transportation Deputy Director and State Engineer Jennifer Toth as his appointment for the director of Maricopa County Department of Transportation.
As a former fire captain in the Salt Lake City area I offer the following advice:
Football practices have officially started and season openers will be creeping up in a matter of weeks.
It might come in a flash or happen over the course of the season, but by the end of the year, there are going to be a handful of football players from the Southeast Valley who are going to have breakout seasons in 2014.
June 7th-July 15th
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
I can only imagine the machismo in the air at Wednesday night’s gubernatorial candidate summit on immigration and border security hosted by Mr. Muy Macho himself, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Tempe police officials are investigating an accident involving a vehicle and two pedestrians.
I can only imagine the machismo in the air at last night’s gubernatorial candidate summit on immigration and border security hosted by Mr. Muy Macho himself, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
“(Maricopa County Sheriff Joe) Arpaio should be commended for lowering crime and rescuing animals from certain death. You don't have to like his schtick.” Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones responding to a question from KPNX’s Brahm Resnik on why she sought Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s endorsement. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2014/06/07/arizona-income-tax-debate-end/10119357/.
The East Valley Institute of Technology will host free multimedia classes this summer at San Tan Village in Gilbert.
PARIS — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?
Springtime is in the air. The birds are chirping, the plants are thriving and with that also comes the season of DIY projects.
One person has died in a fiery crash in Tempe, authorities say.
Whether you’re an elite cyclist or simply like to tool around the neighborhood on your beach cruiser, CycloMesa is for you.
Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.
To see the future of aviation and the undisputed standard for international air superiority at work, Arizonans will soon only have to look up. The F-35 Lightning II has arrived at Luke Air Force Base, and in a year’s time, Luke’s integrated training center will start the work of teaching the Air Force’s best pilots how to master the F-35 and leverage its unmatched combat capabilities in defense of freedom — both at home and abroad. I am not overstating facts when I say the skies over the West Valley are slated to become the most impressive classroom in the world.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Homeowners associations are supposed to protect your property value, and maintain the common areas of a community. But many of you have let me know, that some HOAs are out of control — and you feel like you just can’t win.
WASHINGTON — Do you know the way to San Jose? Quite a few airline pilots apparently don't.
State lawmakers are moving to make sure you know what to have on hand when electronic Armageddon strikes.
FLAGSTAFF — Air tour operators that use aircraft with quiet technology will be able to fly more people over the Grand Canyon.