Street sweeper crashes off freeway ramp onto I-10, killing 2 children in Tolleson
TOLLESON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Two young girls died after the street sweeper truck their mother was driving went over a flyover ramp barrier and crashed onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway in Tolleson Friday. Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers say the crash happened shortly after 3 a.m. when the mother was driving from southbound Loop 101 to eastbound I-10 and lost control of the Toyota Tundra that was converted into a street sweeper. The truck rolled went over the right-side barrier wall and landed in the westbound lanes of I-10 below.
According to DPS, when emergency crews arrived, they found the 37-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl at the truck. They found a 10-year-old girl on the flyover ramp above because she had been thrown from the truck when it rolled. The oldest girl died at the scene. The mother and her youngest were taken to the hospital, where the girl died. The woman has serious injuries but should survive, DPS said. Detectives are investigating possible impairment as a factor, DPS said. A private family-owned company operates the street sweeper.
ADOT shut down I-10 eastbound near Loop 101 and the ramp from southbound 101 to eastbound I-10 to allow DPS to work on their investigation. All lanes reopened just before 7 a.m.
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