PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A crash involving multiple cars and a city bus on Thursday has left three people dead and put six others in the hospital in Phoenix. It happened at Seventh and Missouri avenues just before 4 p.m. Sgt. Ann Justus with the Phoenix Police Department said the six injured are expected to survive.
While Justus said she couldn't say what led up to the crash, Ryan Curry, who was involved in the crash in a pickup truck, believes it was a red-light runner. He said he and the bus driver were going north on Seventh Avenue when a blue SUV driver was speeding across Missouri Avenue. "I see out of the corner of my eye he's flying," said Curry. "I remember getting hit and then playing ping-pong with the bus. I got shoved into him and I kind of got wedged up and then as soon as my vehicle came to a stop I checked my son, got him out of the vehicle -- because I didn't know what was leaking -- and walked over across the street."
Justus said there were only a few people on the bus, and none needed to go to the hospital. A white car was heavily damaged and a red car had some damage, too. Justus didn't say which victims belonged to which cars. She originally said two people were dead but one of the victims taken to the hospital in very critical condition later died. "Considering how that looks, we definitely came out on the lucky end," Curry said.
The intersection is shut down in all directions and it'll stay like that for at least a few hours, through rush hour, Justus said. An investigation is underway. "It will be some time before I’m able to provide additional information as to whether this involved a red light, speed, impairment, or anything like that," Justus said.