2 critically injured in fiery crash on I-10


by Christina O'Haver


Posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 11:40 AM

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PHOENIX -- Two people are in critical condition after their pickup truck crashed into a wall on Interstate 10 and burst into flames early Saturday morning.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said an officer suspected the driver of the westbound Chevrolet truck was impaired and tried to conduct a traffic stop just after 4 a.m.

The driver reportedly slowed down and started to pull over, but then accelerated up the 43rd Avenue off-ramp.

According to Martos, the driver tried to turn left but crashed into the concrete barrier. The truck burst into flames, trapping the driver and passenger inside.

Additional officers and the Phoenix Fire Department responded, and the occupants were extricated from the truck.

They were transported to a hospital with severe burns, Martos said.

The occupants are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.

Police say impairment may have been a factor in the crash.