PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A deadly crash closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 10, just south of the Phoenix-area Sunday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
The crash involving eight vehicles happened just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday near Casa Blanca Road. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that traffic was slow in the area, when the driver of a black 2019 Ford F-450 with a horse trailer failed to slow down. That's when the truck struck a silver 2017 Toyota SUV. DPS said the horse was corralled.
The passenger of the SUV died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 67-year-old Thi Xuan Truong. DPS said the collision caused a chain-reaction crash involving a total of eight vehicles. One of vehicles rolled onto its side.
A total of eight people were transported to local hospitals, DPS said. Seven of the victims were later released for minor injuries and one person remains in the hospital.
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Frank Arvizu was at the scene of the crash and rendered aid to some of the victims.
"We forced the passenger door open, we got her out," he said. "As we were getting hr out of the vehicle, she came to and started yelling in broken English, 'My children! My children!.'
"I don't remember if it was the EMT or the Border Patrol agent but they grabbed her by the ankles, I grabbed her by the upper torso and the neck. I laid her down on the middle of the Interstate 10 and started doing chest compressions."
There were several secondary accidents that caused the roadway to be shut down. There were miles of delays reported by drivers who were stuck. Motorists were advised to postpone travel or seek detours as heavy delays were anticipated.
ADOT crews were on scene near the crash at MP 178 to redirect traffic to State Route 387 and State Route 187 to State Route 87 to Casa Blanca Road back to I-10.