UPDATE: Teen charged in 3-vehicle collision on I-10 at Ray RoadPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A three vehicle collision left one dead and the westbound lanes of the I-10 closed for hours.
All westbound traffic was taken off the interstate at Ray Road. Traffic was backed up in the area due to the closure. ADOT was on scene assisting with the closure and traffic control.
One person died as a result of the collision and five others injured in the accident.
According to the Department of Public Safety the crash happened shortyly after 1:00 p.m. Friday when a Chevrolet Cavalier lost control for a unknown reason and traveled into the side of an Escalade SUV, which caused the SUV to be pushed into the barrier wall.
The Cavalier then drove into the side of a Penske box truck and then traveled into the barrier wall before coming to rest in HOV lane.
The Escalade came to rest on the right shoulder and the Penske box truck was able to drive safely to the shoulder.
DPS said there were two people in the car, four in the SUV and two riding in the Penske truck.
Six people suffered injuries and were transported to a Valley hospital for treatment. One was declared dead later at the hospital.
The driver of the Cavalier has been identified as Apolinar Ortiz-Bartolone, 17, of Guadalupe. Upon release from the hospital, Ortiz-Bartolone was arrested and booked as a juvenile and charged with second-degree homicide. Other charges are pending.
A passenger in the Cavalier, who has not been identified, was admitted to a hospital.
The driver of the Escalade has been identified as Nicholas Leach, 45. His passengers, Sharma Leach, 45, and Duaine Leach, 12, were admitted to a hospital. All are from Willcox, Ariz.
Christina Leach, 14, of Willcox, was declared dead at a hospital. According to DPS, she was not wearing a seat belt.
The two riding in the Penske truck were uninjured. The driver has been identified as Sidney Findley Jr., 67, of San Luis Obispo, Calif. His passenger has not been identified.