Two dead, 6 hurt after I-40 crash in N. AZ

Posted: 11:16 AM, May 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-07 22:29:55-04
Deadly weather related crash closes I-40 in N.AZ
Deadly weather related crash closes I-40 in N.AZ

A weather-related crash killed two people and hurt six more along Interstate 40 just west of Ash Fork on Saturday. 

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a series of crashes began along I-40 around 9:45 a.m. when a vehicle rolled over in the westbound lanes due to hail and ice on the roadway.

Two people who stopped to help the victims of that crash were hit by a commercial vehicle and died instantly, according to a release.

Those two crashes caused a chain reaction of at least three additional crashes that injured six people. All were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The freeway remained closed as of 2:30 p.m. while troopers continued their investigation. Traffic is being detoured onto Crookton Hill Road, a diversion that ended just after 7 p.m. when all lanes reopened.