Two critical after fiery Saturday morning crash

PHOENIX - Two people are in critical condition after a crash near I-10 and 43rd Avenue Saturday morning.

Both people in the truck, who appear to be in their late teens or early 20s, were extricated from the vehicle which had caught on fire after the accident.

Sgt. Steve Martos told ABC15 reporter Pete Suratos that the vehicle was traveling on I-17 and then moved to westbound I-10.

Officers say the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed, so officers attempted to follow the vehicle.

At one point, officers chose to stop following the vehicle for a short period of time, but got in contact with the vehicle again.

The truck slammed into a barricade as it attempted to turn left. It then burst into flames.

Police believe speed was a factor and impairment may also be a factor.

Both occupants of the vehicle are being treated for their injuries and burns at the hospital.

The accident shut down the area and access to the freeway the entire morning.

Sgt. Martos says that the responding officers and fire personnel may have saved the lives of the vehicle occupants. He is calling them heroes this afternoon.

 

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