A deadly crash involving a tanker truck in Phoenix, Arizona, killed at least four people and injured nine on Wednesday night.
The crash occurred around 10 p.m. after a semi-truck hauling a tanker failed to slow down and collided with other vehicles, the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported. The tanker became separated from the truck after the crash and crossed across the wall separating eastbound and westbound traffic on Loop 202, otherwise known as South Mountain Freeway. At least eight vehicles were involved in the incident.
"A total of eight vehicles, including that commercial vehicle, are involved in this collision," DPS's Public Information Officer Raul Garcia said Wednesday, according to KTVK-TV of Phoenix. "That tanker came to rest on its side, and the rest of the vehicles are all here on the eastbound side. Sadly, we have to report four fatalities occurred during this collision."
Nine people were taken to nearby hospitals, six of whom had critical injuries and three who had non-life-threatening injuries. At least four people died. The conditions of those hospitalized are unknown.
The tanker's detachment caused it to "burst into flames," Garcia said.
Officials said firefighters found a milk truck leaking milk and diesel fuel as well as a fire burning in another vehicle when they arrived on the scene.
An Arizona DPS spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that detectives and troopers are collaborating on the investigation into the incident.
The eastbound Loop 202 will be closed until 9 a.m. local time. The westbound lane was closed until the removal of the tanker around 4:45 a.m.
The Department of Transportation is helping to assist traffic in the area.
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