Driver slams into truck stopped on Valley freeway, killed

PHOENIX - A Valley freeway was closed overnight after a driver was killed in a traffic accident.

Department of Public Safety Officer Richard Bottoms said a box truck had stopped in one of the lanes on Interstate 10 near State Route 143 after a tire went flat.

The driver and passenger got out of the truck to wait for help.

The driver of an SUV was unable to avoid hitting the truck blocking the highway lane and then hit a concrete barrier.

The driver, a man in his 40s, died at the scene, Bottoms said.

Neither man from the box truck was hurt.

Bottoms said it didn't appear the driver of the SUV had time to brake and avoid the crash.

The accident remains under investigation and Bottoms said the County Attorney would determine whether charges would be filed.

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