Teen, adult killed, child hurt in rollover on NB I-17 north of PhoenixPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Two people, one of them a teenager, were killed and a child was injured in a single-vehicle rollover wreck on northbound Interstate 17 north of Phoenix Saturday afternoon.
Raw: Deadly wreck
2 dead in Interstate 17 rollover north of Phoenix
It happened shortly before 3 p.m. north of Cave Creek. The Department of Public Safety said it looked like the vehicle rolled over the guardrail, off the edge of the roadway and into a ravine.
Two people, a woman in her mid-30s and a teen girl, were thrown from the vehicle as it rolled. They were both killed.
Officials on the scene said the lone survivor, a girl between 11 and 13 years old, was air-lifted to the hospital. She reportedly is in stable condition.
According to the Arizona Highway Patrol, the initial investiation indicates a blown tire might have been the cause of the wreck.
It's not clear if the victims were wearing their seat belts.
The northbound lanes of I-17 were closed in that area for some time. Traffic was being diverted at Table Mesa Road, but the backup was significant. Because it was such a hot day, there were some instances of people caught in the backup getting overheated, said an AHP sergeant on the scene.
The freeway has since re-opened.
DPS said it would not release any more information about the victims until their next of kin could be notified.