2 Killed, 2 injured in Loop 101 crash

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two people died in a rush-hour crash on Loop 101 near Glendale Avenue.

It happened at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of a Dodge pickup was in the southbound HOV lane when he lost control of his truck. That driver has since been identified as John Horn, 52, of Chandler.

Horn's truck veered across the southbound lanes and hit the rear left side of a Chevy Silverado driven by Juana Camacho Pina, 32, of Buckeye. Pina had just gotten on the freeway at Northern Avenue and was merging into the traffic flow.

The impact sent both the pickup and the SUV rolling off the roadway, past the shoulder and into the desert.

Horn's 15-year-old son was with him in the pickup. Neither one was wearing a seat belt. Both were ejected as the truck tumbled off the freeway. Horn was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital. His son suffered a broken leg. He was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital.

DPS says Pina's SUV rolled five times through a right-of-way fence. Pina was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Guadalupe Pina De Birruete, 42, of Buckeye, was admitted to John C. Lincoln Hospital with a broken left clavicle.

At this point, it not clear why Horn lost control of his pickup truck.

Loop 101 was closed in the area for a little more than two hours.