Teen, adult killed, child hurt in rollover on NB I-17 north of Phoenix

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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.

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2 dead in Interstate 17 rollover north of Phoenix

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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.