One person has been killed and several more injured after a crash involving multiple vehicles in a series of crashes on the Loop 101.
The crashes, which happened on the highway in Scottsdale between Cactus and Frank Lloyd Wright, started before 2 p.m. Monday
According to the Department of Public Safely, eight cars were involved in a crash on the freeway around 1:45 p.m. A pickup truck reportedly crossed all lanes and struck a sedan, officials said.
The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Cortland McKinney of Mesa, was killed.
Around the same time, 11 cars were involved in a separate crash at Raintree Drive. Multiple people were seriously injured but are expected to be OK, a DPS spokesperson said.
Additionally, there was a multi-car crash on the off-ramp at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, officials said. People were injured, but their conditions are unknown.
The crashes closed the southbound lanes of Loop 101 starting at Hayden Road. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the closure would likely last four hours, taking it through the evening commute. However, the highway was reopened just after 5 p.m. Officials said residual delays in the area were likely.
REOPEN: L-101 Pima Southbound at Hayden: Crews are working to reopen all lanes, but expect residual delays to continue. #PhxTraffic
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) November 22, 2016
According to a Scottsdale police spokesperson, the patrol car of an officer who was responding to the crashes was struck by another car while the officer was attempting to remove debris from the road on the opposite side of the freeway. He was not injured during the incident.
No additional information has been released and an investigation is ongoing.
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