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DPS Director Heston Silbert released from hospital in I-10 crash Monday evening

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 23:20:25-04

PHOENIX — Colonel Heston Silbert, the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, was taken to a hospital Monday evening and was released shortly after being involved in a crash, according to officials.

The crash, involving at least two vehicles, occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday on the eastbound Interstate 10, just west of the SR-143 interchange.

Officials say Silbert's SUV was hit by a Dodge pickup truck after the driver served to avoid crashing into other vehicles. He lost control and hit Silbert's vehicle.

Silbert was transported for non-life-threatening injuries and the other individual was transported with serious injuries.

DPS says Silbert was released from the hospital shortly after the crash and that Silbert attributes his minor injuries to the use of his seatbelt.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 69-year-old man from Rio Rico, Arizona, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Officials say he remains hospitalized as of Tuesday night and that he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Investigators have ruled out impairment.

Footage from ADOT showed what appeared to be a truck, sedan and SUV pulled over, along with several police and fire crews, at the scene of the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with for the latest updates.