ELOY, Ariz. -- Five people were killed after a collision involving three vehicles that occurred along eastbound Interstate 10 north of Picacho Peak, at milepost 213, according to Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
A Ford F-250 pickup truck was traveling in the westbound lanes when the front left tire tread separated.
The driver lost control of the pickup and it traveled left across the depressed dirt median. It then entered the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 where it collided at an angle with a semi truck. A third vehicle, a passenger car, then struck the pickup truck.
The driver of the pickup truck, 47-year-old Tracy William Blackmore, of Gilbert, was airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center with serious injuries.
The remaining five passengers in the pickup truck, two women and three children, were pronounced deceased on scene. The women are Tracy Blackmore's 49-year-old wife, Shelly Renee Blackmore, and their 20-year-old pregnant daughter, Danielle Blackmore, both of Gilbert. The children are the married couple's grandkids, 12-year-old Tyler, 9-year-old Kayla and 7-year-old Briana, all of Gilbert.
Larry Blackmore, the children's father and the couple's oldest son, said the family was driving back to the Valley after a day trip to Tucson.
According to DPS, all five passengers were wearing seatbelts but were still ejected from the pickup truck.
The driver of the semi truck sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground from the scene to Casa Grande Regional Hospital and then transferred to Chandler Regional Hospital. The other person in the semi truck was not injured.
The driver and passenger of the third vehicle were not injured.
The right lanes of eastbound Interstate 10 have reopened near Picacho Peak, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The left lane of the freeway remains closed at milepost 213, about two mile east of State Route 87. There is no indication at this time when the left lane will reopen. Delays remain possible in the area.