Deadly head-on crash near Wickenburg

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Department of Public Safety has identified the two drivers who died in a head-on crash on U.S. 93 near Wickenburg Friday night. 

According to DPS, a trooper responded to help 43-year-old Catherine Winegar from Tucson who called for help at milepost 172 on U.S. 93, near Wickenburg around 8:30 p.m. Winegar, and two others in a Chevrolet Suburban, said their vehicle was low on gas, and they were worried they weren't going to make it to a gas station. The trooper assured Winegar the car had enough gas to get to the nearest station and said he would follow in his patrol vehicle to make sure they got there safe.

As the two cars began heading south on U.S. 93, DPS says a northbound 2011 Honda Accord, driven by 23-year-old Alexis Wilson from Chandler, was speeding and passing in no-pass zones. Wilson struck Winegar's vehicle head-on, causing the vehicle to roll over and block the northbound lane. Wilson's car spun out of control and hit the trooper's vehicle. The trooper was trapped inside but was pulled out by two people who stopped after the crash. After the trooper was pulled out, the trooper's vehicle became fully engulfed in flames.

Wilson's car was badly damaged after striking the trooper's vehicle and was struck by a Toyota Corolla. The people in the Corolla were not hurt. Both Wilson and Winegar died at the scene. Two passengers in Wilson's car and two passengers in Winegar's car were taken to Phoenix-area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The DPS trooper was airlifted to a Phoenix-area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

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