YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Two people are dead and a DPS trooper was pulled from a patrol vehicle engulfed in flames after a collision on U.S. 93 northwest of Wickenburg Friday night.
The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. on the southbound side in the area of Date Creek. DPS says a trooper responded to a call to assist a disabled motorist. The trooper arrived and contacted the driver and two passengers in an SUV. They believed they didn't have enough gas to make it back into Wickenburg. The trooper said they had enough gas and told them he would follow them to make sure they would arrive safely back into Wickenburg.
As the trooper began to follow the SUV back into Wickenburg, witnesses say a speeding driving heading north was weaving in and out of traffic in a no-passing zone when they hit the SUV and trooper's car. The SUV rolled over and the trooper's car burst into flames. The impact of the crash hit another car. Those people pulled the trooper out of the patrol car before the fire destroyed it.
One person in the car that caused the crash died at the scene, DPS, and two others were taken to Valley hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening. Somebody in the SUV also died at the scene and two more in the SUV were flown to Valley hospitals. Both should survive. The trooper was flown to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center in Phoenix with serious injuries but should survive. The people who pulled the trooper to safety were treated at the scene and released. No identities have been released.
Both sides of the U.S. 93 were shut down overnight but all lanes were reopened around 9:30 p.m. DPS says it's unknown if impairment is a factor.
*CLOSURE UPDATE*US 93 is now closed SOUTHBOUND at Interstate 40.US 93 northbound remains closed at milepost 183 due to a crash north of Wickenburg.NB traffic is being diverted to SR 71.SB traffic must stay on I-40 and can use SR 89 as an alternative.#aztraffic #US93 pic.twitter.com/sm5rbmVqPz— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 1, 2021