Crash closes portion of Thomas Road, knocks out power to businesses


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gina Maravilla and Jill Galus

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 9:28 AM

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PHOENIX -- An early morning car crash shut down a stretch of Thomas Road in Phoenix and killed power to the area surrounding 31st Avenue and Thomas Road.

It happened at about 3 a.m. Friday.

Investigators are trying to piece together the moments leading up to the crash. Police believe a driver was speeding east on Thomas Road when he apparently lost control of his car, spun out and slammed into a power pole. The car took out two street lights, as well.

Police said the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene. The driver had fled.

Officers later found the bloodied man hiding in a bush about a block from where he crashed. He was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

While police are not releasing the driver's name, an officer on the scene told 3TV's Jill Galus that the man is wanted on several felony warrants.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the wreck, but they have not determined if impairment was an issue, as well.

Thomas Road was closed 27th to 35th avenues. The eastbound lanes opened at about 7 a.m., but the westbound lanes remained closed.

APS crews said it would take them several hours to make the necessary repairs. The crash knocked out power to numerous businesses surrounding the intersection.

3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla advised drivers to use Indian School or McDowell roads to avoid the scene.

Link: Phoenix Traffic app