Deadly crash shuts down SR51 at Northern Avenue, Phoenix Fire officials say

Posted at 8:27 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 13:06:39-04

One man was killed Thursday night in a chain-reaction crash on State Route 51 near Northern Avenue.

All the northbound lanes were closed shortly before 8 p.m. while emergency crews responded to the crash. Those lanes reopened before 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

DPS says the eight-car crash happened after one vehicle became disabled in one of the lanes. Other drivers swerved, but a Ford pickup truck struck a small car that was also stopped.

The victim has been identified as 67-year-old Joseph Hleboski of Phoenix.

Other people involved suffered only minor injuries.

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