Loose trailer to blame for head-on crash in Peoria intersection?

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two people were injured in a head-on collision near a Peoria intersection early Thursday morning and police said a loose trailer might be to blame.

It happened at 112th and Northern avenues shortly before 5 a.m. when it was still dark.

Emergency crews had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles.

According to Jay Davies of the Peoria Police Department, one of those drivers, a 65-year-old man, was air-lifted to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. The other victim, a 30-year-old man, was transported by ground ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital. That man reportedly suffered multi-system trauma.

Police have not released the names of the victims and their conditions were not immediately available.

"These injuries appeared to be very serious and possibly life-threatening," Davies said.

Investigators were on the scene, trying to piece together the minutes before the crash.

Davies said a trailer that was being hauled by a third vehicle, a van, might have come loose and caused the wreck. Investigators believe it's possible that the 65-year-old man swerved to avoid the trailer and slammed head-on into the other car.

The driver of the van that was carrying the trailer stopped and remained on the scene.

Northern Avenue was closed in the area so police could conduct their investigation. That closure was expected to remain in place for some time.

Drivers were being advised to use Olive Avenue as an alternate to avoid the scene. Normally, Glendale Avenue would also be an alternate,  but it was closed in that area for most of the morning because of an unrelated fatal wreck between Dysart and El Mirage roads.