PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – One person was killed in a fiery crash on Loop 202 (South Mountain) in Phoenix Saturday morning. It happened at about 9:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes at 17th Avenue.
According to Capt. Todd Keller of the Phoenix Fire Department, one of the cars in the two-vehicle wreck caught fire and was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. He said the person in that car was pronounced dead at the scene.
DPS says a white 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck was experiencing a mechanical failure while it was traveling eastbound on the Loop 202. It came to a stop in the left lane when it was hit from behind. The driver of the pickup, 30-year-old Luis Manuel Granados was inside the truck at the time it caught fire.
The driver of the other car had only minor injuries. Impairment didn't seem to be a factor and there were no citations issued, says DPS.
ADOT tweeted a photo of the fire, which spewed a column of back smoke into the air, and said the wreck was blocking all lanes. A live ADOT camera at 17th Avenue showed traffic merging down to one lane and slowly getting by on the right shoulder. The traffic backup was significant. The freeway reopened just before 1 p.m.