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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.
Spectators watch the swimming leg of the IRONMAN Arizona race from the southbound Mill Ave bridge in Tempe on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police used tire-deflating devices to finally stop a wrong-way vehicle that got on and off the State Route 101 freeway in Scottsdale several times.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Benjamin Hoster says officers also closed on-ramps to the freeway in several locations early Monday morning as the wrong-way vehicle first went northbound in southbound lanes, then southbound in northbound lanes and again northbound in southbound lanes.
The incident lasted around 20 minutes and ended with a 26-year-old woman being taken into custody. Her identity was not immediately released.
Hoster says the state Department of Public Safety has assumed responsibility for the investigation. A DPS spokesman said he know details on the incident.
The southbound Loop 101 south of Ray Rd.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Department of Public Safety motorcycle officer is recovering after being struck by a teen driver.
Authorities say that 19-year-old driver is now under investigation for suspected driving under the influence.
The officer was headed north on Miller Road in Scottsdale on Saturday when a southbound vehicle failed to yield and turned into an intersection. The vehicle hit the officer and threw him from his bike. The vehicle then hit another car.
The officer, who was alert after the crash, was rushed to a Scottsdale hospital.
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety has identified the officer shot and wounded during a traffic stop last week following the arrest of two men in connection with the incident.
Officer James Casey, who has been with DPS for six years, was the officer shot in the face in the early hours of Oct. 8 during a traffic stop on the southbound I-17 frontage road near McDowell Road.
Casey was shot as he approached a suspect’s vehicle for a second time while conducting an investigation. He underwent surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital and after spending more than a week in the hospital, doctors released Casey to continue his recovery at home, stated Robert Halliday, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Authorities Wednesday night announced the capture of 39-year-old Ramon Bueno and 26-year-old Danny Vargas in Casey's shooting. Bueno, the alleged triggerman, and Vargas were taken into custody Wednesday evening near 43rd and Northern avenues.
A 24-year-old woman, Valeria S. Jaime, was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution last week and released with restrictions.
Authorities say there was an $11,000 reward to find Bueno.
Martinez, Vargas and Bueno all have criminal histories with police.
Multiple agencies, including DPS, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) and U.S. Marshals office, have assisted in the investigation.
Casey is doing "very well" and is expected to fully recover, said Holmes.
‘We are very grateful for all of the hard work by the Phoenix Police Department in pursuing and then apprehending the suspects involved in the shooting of Officer Casey. This officer has a long road to recovery, and all of us in the DPS family stand ready to assist James and his wife in this difficult time,” stated Halliday
Improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions along sections of Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Sept. 26-29), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or consider alternate routes while these scheduled restrictions are in place:
Three people were trapped in their vehicles after a wrong-way crash in Mesa Saturday.
A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway for hours and through the Wednesday morning commute.
Two roads in Chandler are completely shutdown due to the weather, while several others are restricted heavily.
A city bus is trapped in a hole caused by a water main break in Tempe.
A bicyclist was in critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Broadway Road in Mesa on July 10.
Fuel prices at a gas station on U.S. 169 are seen between northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 29 in St. Joseph, Mo., Thursday, May 22, 2014. For the third year in a row, the national average of gasoline prices will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon during Memorial Day. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
A motorcycle rider is dead after losing control in Chandler Wednesday evening.
Authorities said a motorcyclist has died after a collision in Tempe Wednesday night.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating a suspect who fled the scene of a three vehicle collision near Hunt Highway and Gary Road in San Tan Valley Saturday, March 29.
Several portions of Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix will close this weekend due to scheduled maintenance on the Deck Park Tunnel.
Due to a recent water main break, the Town of Gilbert will close off a part of Gilbert Road for pavement repairs in early January.
Police say a 15-year-old boy riding a scooter has died after he was hit by a truck in Chandler Monday night.
Tempe officials are expected large crowds and lots of traffic on Saturday, thanks to a big football game at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium and numerous other public events in the Phoenix suburb.
A multiple-car crash on Sunday, Aug. 11 has injured five people closed southbound Alma School Rd.
A portion of the Loop 101 between Ray Road and the Loop 202 in Chandler will close for several hours on Aug. 10.
A stretch of Loop 101 (Price Freeway) south of Ray Road in Chandler will be closed this weekend for work to install sections of a future pedestrian bridge over the freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close westbound lanes along certain parts of the Loop 202 in southeast Mesa beginning July 29.
Both directions of the Loop 101 between Ray Road and the Loop 202 will shutdown this weekend due to an ongoing construction project.