Woman, cows killed in fiery crash on I-17


by azfamily.com

Video report by Javier Soto and Gina Maravilla

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 3:22 PM

Map: I-17, milepost 242
I-17 and Table Mesa Road

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NEAR ROCK SPRINGS, Ariz. – A woman was killed when she stopped on Interstate 17 after a crash involving some cattle north of Phoenix early Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 3:30 a.m. near Rock Springs, which is at exit 242.

The woman was behind the wheel of a pickup that reportedly hit a cow in the roadway.

The driver of a semi stopped, pulling off the road to help the woman, who had gotten out of her vehicle. A second semi came over the ridge and plowed full-speed into the first one, pushing the truck into the woman.

The woman was killed instantly. Two other people who were in the pickup were injured, as was the driver of the first semi.

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 17 have reopened near Black Canyon City at Table Mesa Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should expect delays because of a five-mile backup resulting from the collision that had closed northbound I-17 early Wednesday morning.

Drivers behind the wreck had been stuck for hours because there is no way around the scene.

Aerial video from the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper showed the massive backup, mostly big rigs at a standstill. At its worst, the backup stretched for about eight miles.

Southbound traffic was not affected.

Rocks Springs is about 45 minutes north of Phoenix.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511.