Driver dies after car crashes into dump truck

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PHOENIX -- A driver was killed after crashing head-on into a dump truck near Pecos Street and State Route 202 Thursday afternoon.

The Department of Public Safety received 911 reports of an erratic driver westbound on Loop 202 from Guadalupe. Callers said the driver of a Lincoln passenger car was making unsafe lane changes and speeding.

DPS spokesman Harold Sanders said the driver, identified as 31-year-old Brian P. Evans, lost control for an unknown reason near Pecos Road where Loop 202 comes to an end. The vehicle traveled into the cable barrier and crossed the depressed median into the eastbound lanes where it drove head-on into a dump truck.

It is unknown at this time if impairment was a factor in the collision.

According to Sanders, there were two other vehicles involved but not directly connected to the initial collision. A third vehicle was eastbound behind the dump truck and traveled off the road to avoid colliding with the truck and sustained some damage to the vehicle's undercarriage. A fourth vehicle sustained damage from flying debris from the initial head-on impact.

The driver of the Lincoln, identified as Brian P. Evans, 31, of Chandler, was declared dead on the scene. Sanders said the driver of the dump truck sustained minor injuries.  There were no reported injuries in the other two vehicles.

The eastbound and westbound lanes for State Route 202 were closed during the investigation. They were re-opened at 9:20 p.m.