PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A fiery, multi-car crash in Phoenix sent four people to the hospital, and police say it may have been caused by a red-light runner. It happened around 5 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Central Avenue and Camelback Road.
Phoenix police say 8 vehicles were involved in the crash. Debris was scattered throughout the street. At least one of the vehicles caught on fire and crews worked to quickly douse the flames. One person had to be extricated from a car.
Four people were rushed to the hospital. Two woman in their 40s were said to be in critical condition. A 35-year-old man, police later identified as Jesus Padilla, was also taken in critical condition. Padilla passed away at the hospital from his injuries. Fire officials say a woman in her 60s was in stable condition.
Police say the female driver of a Toyota Camry, the car that ran the red light, exhibited signs of impairment. Police also added the case is pending the outcome of the toxicology results. The 7 other drivers showed no signs of impairment.
"I saw the car coming really fast, maybe 60 miles an hour," a witness told Arizona's Family. "I thought he was going to stop. There was a solid red light. And he crossed it and he almost hit us. We're just lucky to be alive."