2 injured in serious crash in Glendale; 99th Avenue closed for hours


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gina Maravilla

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 2:17 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two men were hurt in what appears to be a head-on crash on 99th Avenue in Glendale Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 5 a.m. near Camelback Road on the west side of Loop 101.

A 33-year-old man was trapped in a mangled sedan. Emergency crews had to cut him out of the vehicle. Video from the scene showed the car with its roof peeled back.

The man was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. His condition was not immediately available.

The sedan was grill to grill with a pickup truck.

The 36-year-old man who was driving the pickup was taken to a local hospital, as well. His injuries reportedly are not life-threatening.

Investigators are working to piece together the moments leading up to the crash. They also are trying to determine if impairment was a factor.

3TV's photographer on the scene, Gibby Parra, noted that he did not see any skid marks on the street.

"At this point it is very early into the investigation and there were no independent witnesses to the collision and the drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicle," Sgt. Jay O'Neill of the Glendale Police Department wrote in an email to 3TV. "It appears that the truck was traveling southbound on 99th Avenue and the sedan was traveling northbound on 99th Avenue, but it is unclear what caused them to collide."

Police closed 99th Avenue in both directions between Camelback and Bethany Home roads for several hours. They reopened it just after 10 a.m.

Camelback Road was not affected.

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