2 Killed, 2 hurt in crash in foggy Casa Grande

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Two people were killed and two more were hurt when a semi and a passenger vehicle collided in Casa Grande Wednesday morning.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. near the Walmart distribution center at Thornton and Peters roads.

According to police, 47-year-old Casa Grande resident Leslie Wesley was driving a 2005 Pontiac Coupe sedan with her three teenage children when she apparently ran a stop sign and rear-ended a Walmart semi-truck.

She and her 13-year-old daughter, Jenna Wesley, died at the scene. The other two teens, ages 14 and 17, were transported to Phoenix area hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi was not hurt.

According the Casa Grande Fire Department, it was foggy at the time of the crash. Investigators believe the fog was a contributing factor in the crash.

Investigators said the driver of the Pontiac might not have seen the stop sign through the fog.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory for dense fog for several areas, including South Central Pinal County and the Tucson metro area.

Fog, which is just clouds at ground level, occurs when air that is cold and moist does not rise. Fog not only affects visibility, it also muffles sound.

With his perspective from the Penguin Air Newschopper, Bruce Haffner saw quite a bit a fog during his Wednesday morning flight.

Police said Thornton Road, which is generally busy with traffic in and out of the Walmart distribution center, was closed for several hours.

Casa Grande is about 50 miles south of Phoenix.

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Thick fog creates driving hazard in southern Arizona

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona commuters from the southern part of the state all the way to a Phoenix suburb drove through an unusual amount of fog Thursday morning.

The fog may have contributed to a fatal accident in Casa Grande, where a passenger vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer and got stuck. A woman and a teenage girl were killed and two other passengers were extricated and transported to trauma centers, according to the Casa Grande Fire Department.

Spokeswoman Barbara Rice said there was thick fog at the time of the accident.

Police also responded to an accident on westbound Interstate 10 and Alvernon in Tucson but said it could not be definitively linked to fog.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Gluck said the area sees fog like this only once every two years.

"I've been here 20 years and this is one of the better ones I've seen," Gluck said.

Tucson residents took to social media to post pictures of saguaros behind thick fog.

The fog was so dense it limited visibility to nearly zero in some areas. At the Tucson International Airport, visibility was down to one-quarter of a mile.

State Rep. T.J. Shope, of Coolidge, said he couldn't see more than two houses down when he left home Thursday morning. Shope said the fog added 15 minutes to his commute to Phoenix but cleared up once he got on Interstate 10.

The fog began clearing up early Thursday afternoon.

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Thick fog seen in southern Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An unusual amount of fog throughout southern Arizona created tough driving conditions for morning commuters.

The National Weather Service in Tucson says the area sees fog like this only once every couple of years.

Tucson was hit hardest, but the fog extended from Santa Cruz and Cochise counties all the way north to the Phoenix suburb of Chandler.

It may have contributed to a fatal accident in Casa Grande, authorities said. Two were killed when their vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer in thick fog conditions.

The fog began clearing up early Thursday afternoon.

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