PHOENIX - Authorities have identified two small children who died after a three-vehicle collision on a west Phoenix freeway Saturday.
The Department of Public Safety said Sunday that 3-week-old Gabriel Romero and 13-month-old Liliana Romero were killed in the accident that happened around 2:40 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 10 west of 43rd Avenue.
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DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the accident occured when a vehicle slowed for a minor fender bender on the freeway, cutting off a minivan driven by 38-year-old Maribel Montoya. DPS said 17-year-old Armando Montoya was a passenger in the vehicle. He was not hurt.
DPS said the minivan was then rear-ended by a Saturn sedan driven by 26-year-old Jennifer Conaway with the two children inside. Those vehicles were then hit by a fuel tanker, driven by 49-year-old Jeffrey Brooks, of Prescott, which rolled over onto its side.
The infants and women were taken to Valley hospitals where the children died. A Phoenix fire official said both women were transported in critical condition.
The driver of the tanker truck was not injured.
Interstate 10 was closed until nearly 1 a.m. for the investigation and clean up.
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