PD: Armored truck driver loses control, hits pickup in Laveen; 5 injured

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LAVEEN, Ariz. – Five people were injured in a collision involving an armored truck in Laveen Tuesday morning.

The crash happened on 51st Avenue south of Dobbins Road around 8:15 a.m.

Aerial video showed the armored vehicle on its side and a pickup truck with extensive front-end damage.

Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department said that the driver of the armored truck was on his cellphone, contacting his next stop location. When he looked up, traffic was stopping, which caused him to take evasive action and he lost control of the vehicle.

The cab of the pickup truck took the brunt of the collision. A man was driving the vehicle and his 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter were with him. All three were transported to a nearby hospital. The father reportedly is in critical condition.

Phoenix Fire Department crews had to cut into the armored truck to free the two people inside.

"This call was unique for us because of the extrication," said fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra. "We have an armored vehicle here. These are very difficult. They're designed, actually, to keep people out."

The driver and passenger in the armored truck were transported to a nearby hospital.

There was a dog in the pickup truck, but it did not appear to be injured. The Arizona Humane Society was called and personnel are caring for the dog while the family is being treated at the hospital.

Crump said police have ruled out any impairment on either driver and do not believe speed was a factor.

"It just appears as though this is going to be a case of losing control of the vehicle," Crump said. "Unfortunately for this southbound family, the timing was just off."

At this time, no charges have been filed against the driver of the armored truck.

Crump said money was thrown onto the roadway and police stayed on the scene until the rolled coins were secured. Firefighters remained to monitor a minor diesel leak from the armored truck.