Tucson's historic lows contribute to deaths

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A woman died overnight in an alley near the University of Arizona and the cause may be related to the extreme overnight cold temperatures.  And police say another woman was found dead near 22nd Street and Craycroft.  They say it may also be related to the record cold overnight temperatures.

Tucson Fire spokesperson Captain Trish Tracy says they got a call at 7:24 A.M. about a woman in the alley behind a home in the 1100 block of North Olsen.  That's just northwest of Campbell and Speedway.  Responding units found the woman dead.  Tracy says it's possible the person died from exposure to the cold.

Tucson police spokesperson Sgt. Diana Lopez says units responded to the 1800 block of North McKinley where they found a woman dead.  An autoposy will determine the cause of death, but Lopez says "it appears to be weather related."

Two other incidents early Thursday sent people to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Tracy says the first was at 2:24 A.M. when paramedics found a man in his 20's laying in a front yard in the 5000 block of Sun County Blvd.  He was taken to the hospital with what are described as "serious, possible life-threatening injuries," Tracy said.

Shortly after 7 A.M., a woman was found in a front yard in the 1800 block of North McKinley.  Tracy says responding units described her as, "nearly frozen."  She was also transported with life-threatening injuries.

Tracy also reported that shortly after 8 A.M. Thursday, a man in his 60s was outside his home in the 4400 block of East Pima Street attempting to repair a broken pipe.  He showed signs of cold exposure and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Tucson will likely set another record Thursday -- the one for the lowest high temperature.  The predicted high Thursday is 39 degrees, well below the standing record.