Two children die in serious accident involving diesel semi on I-10 in Phoenix

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PHOENIX - Interstate 10 was shut down eastbound near 43rd Avenue for hours Saturday while police investigated a fatal collision.

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash, that began after a car slowed down to look at a minor fender bender on the freeway. That car led to the semi-truck losing control and slamming into a vehicle carrying a mom and her two young children.

DPS Officers responded to eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 west of 43rd Avenue for the collision involving multiple patients shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The collision involved a semi tanker hauling diesel fuel which came to a rest on its side after the crash. The delay in reopening the freeway was due to the dangerous nature associated with moving thousands of gallons of fuel in the semi.

Two infants were rushed to the hospital in critical condition and were pronounced dead a short time later. Those children have been identified as 13-month old Liliana Romero and her brother three-week-old Gabriel Romero.

The children's mother Jennifer Conaway, 26, remains in serious condition in the hospital along with the driver of the other vehicle Maribel Montoya, 38.