2 people dead, 3 hurt in crash on I-17 near SR 169

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Two people were killed and three others were hurt in a crash on Interstate 17 at State Route 169, near Cordes Junction, according to DPS.

DPS says the crash Tuesday evening involved two semi-trucks and four passenger vehicles. According to DPS, a 2017 white semi-truck was driving southbound on I-17 when the driver lost control in heavy rain and jack knifed into the median, partially blocking the left lane. 

DPS said a 2016 silver Nissan sedan, a 2010 white Ford sedan and a 2001 Hyundai sedan all pulled over into the emergency lane to help. Another semi-truck saw the vehicles pulled over to the right with their hazard lights on and changed lanes from the right lane to the left lane not seeing the jack knifed semi in the median and partially blocking the right lane. 

The semi struck the jack knifed semi and slid across the right lane into the three passengers cars that were parked on the shoulder, DPS said.

According to DPS, the driver of the silver Nissan was deceased on scene and the passenger is in extremely critical condition at a hospital in Phoenix. The driver of the white Ford is believed to have been outside the vehicle when struck by the semi and was deceased on scene. Three children and an adult in the Hyundai were taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, DPS said.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed at State Route 169 but were reopened early Wednesday morning.

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