3 dead, 1 critically injured in fiery accident in west Phoenix

Edgar Ramirez tried to help the victims by using a fire extinguisher. “I sprayed the vehicle on fire, but there was absolutely no calming that fire down."
Published: Dec. 4, 2022 at 7:16 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Three people are dead, and one man is in critical condition after a serious two-vehicle accident late Saturday night in west Phoenix.

Phoenix police arrived at Thomas Road and 59th Avenue around 10:14 p.m. to find a pick-up truck on fire. Phoenix firefighters were able to put out the flames, and their investigation found three people trapped inside the truck who died in the blaze.

Two men were found in the second vehicle and were taken to a nearby hospital. One man with life-threatening injuries, and the other had minor injuries. Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Melissa Soliz says that the vehicle with the two men was going east on Thomas Road when it rear-ended the pickup truck.

Edgar Ramirez is the owner of Tacos Los Primos on Thomas Road and 60th Avenue and was the first person on the scene. He tried to help the victims by using a fire extinguisher. The car crash captured on a neighbor’s ring camera shows a sedan pulling out before hitting a pickup truck. It immediately resulted in a fiery explosion, and the truck was fully engulfed in flames.

Ramirez’s split-second moment of panic quickly turned to action. Ramirez says he gave it everything he had. “I sprayed the vehicle on fire, but there was absolutely no calming that fire down,” said Ramirez. “The feeling of not being able to help…Not a good experience to go through. And it was frightening.”

Police are not releasing the identities of all five people. The two men in the sedan are in the hospital. Tonight, friends and witnesses are hosting a small candle-lit vigil for the victims.

Phoenix police are investigating what lead up to the crash. Police believe speed was a factor, and investigators are waiting for a toxicology report to learn if impairment was a factor in the crash.