Driver killed in possible drowsy driving wreck on Loop 303


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 1:01 PM

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A man whose leg was nearly severed in an early morning crash on Loop 303 in Surprise has died of injuries.

The wreck happened at about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Loop 303 near Grand Avenue. A truck veered off the road and plowed into a guardrail.

Investigators believe the driver, who has not been identified, might have dozed off at the wheel.

That driver, who might be a newspaper delivery man, was rushed to a local hospital and into surgery, but doctors were unable to save him.

Officers with the Department of Public Safety said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck.

The crash took out about 140 feet of the guardrail along Loop 303.

A piece of the metal rail broke off and went through the truck's windshield. That metal went through the entire truck, which was packed with newspapers and has The Wickenburg Sun printed on its side.

DPS Sgt. Jason Yeager said the driver, who was alone in the truck, was actually standing up in the back of the rolled truck when emergency crews arrived on the scene.

"We later came to find out that the guardrail had impaled through the truck and actually had severed one of his legs," Yeager explained. "The only thing holding the leg on was just the skin around it."

Loop 303 was closed in both directions in the area of Grand Avenue until about 6:15 a.m.