6th death in crash involving big rig, 2 vehicles in Arizona – Your Valley

TONOPAH, Ariz. (AP) — A sixth person has died after a crash west of Phoenix involving a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles, according to authorities.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said the crash occurred on Interstate 10 Friday afternoon near Tonopah — about an hour away from Phoenix — when a tractor-trailer heading ran into the back of a car carrying five people.

The crash split the car in half and it burst into flames and five people were declared dead at the scene.

Authorities announced Saturday that a sixth person on the car died at a hospital.

DPS troopers said the tractor-trailer then hit an SUV carrying a woman and her four children.

All were all taken to hospitals in Phoenix with serious injuries.

The names of the dead and injured haven’t been released yet.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and DPS officials said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.