4 killed in 3-vehicle crash in Central Arizona

PHOENIX - Four people died in a three-vehicle collision northeast of the Valley Thursday night, authorities said.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on US 70 between Globe and Safford.

Authorities said a Dodge pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer was traveling eastbound on US 70 when it crossed the center line into westbound traffic lanes.

A Honda sedan with five people traveling westbound swerved to the left and the two vehicles struck on the passenger side.

The Honda spun and struck the eastbound guard rail while the truck and trailer struck the westbound guard rail, with the trailer climbing the guard rail and disconnecting.

A third vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, collided with the Dodge pickup truck.

Authorities said both pickup trucks burned due to the collision.

Four of the five people in the Honda were killed, with only the 50-year-old driver surviving. A 47-year-old woman died at the scene along with a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old passenger. The fourth victim, a 12-year-old boy, was air-lifted to a Tucson hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The 18-year-old driver of the Dodge pickup truck was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The 28-year-old driver of the Ford pickup was also treated at the hospital and released.

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