Toddler, 2 adults injured in chain-reaction crash in Phoenix


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 1:21 PM

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PHOENIX – Two adults and a 1-year-old child were injured in a chain-reaction crash in Phoenix Thursday morning.

Three pickup trucks, one car and an SUV were involved in the crash at McDowell Road and 29th Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

Early indications were an SUV stopped suddenly in the middle of the road for an unknown reason. A car rear-ended the SUV followed by three pickup trucks.

Police later determined that a Ford F250 pulling a trailer failed to stop and hit the pickup truck in front of it, pushing the other vehicles into the SUV at the front.

The driver of the first vehicle said traffic was stopped at the time her vehicle was rear-ended.

Police said the driver of the Ford F250 will be ticketed.

Three people were transported to local hospitals. Phoenix fire Capt. Tony Mure said a 20-year-old man and his 1-year-old son were the most severely injured. They were taken to a local trauma center.

The father and son had to be extricated through the back window of their Chevy pickup truck.

Mure said the child was in his car seat in the back bench seat of the truck.

"The car seat saved this boy's life," Mure said.