5-Car wreck on I-10 injures young pregnant woman, infant and man

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PHOENIX – At least three people, including a young pregnant woman and an infant, were injured in a five-car wreck that backed up Interstate 10 for miles late Saturday afternoon.

It happened in the eastbound lanes near 39th Avenue.

Video from the scene showed several drivers out of their cars, assisting those involved in the wreck. Dozens of people gathered on the overpass to see what had happened and watch the emergency crews in action.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash -- the one at the front of the chain reaction -- flipped onto its side. A 19-year-old pregnant woman was behind the wheel.

Several witnesses rushed to help her.

One of those Good Samaritans, Danny Murphy, said the woman told him that today was her birthday and that she was 31 weeks along in her pregnancy.

“She was coherent. She was alert,” Murphy said.

That mother-to-be was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

An adult male and an infant also taken to a local hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The Department of Public Safety was able to re-open the freeway and get the backed-up traffic moving again in less than an hour.