DPS: 1 dead, 3 seriously hurt after car goes airborn and lands on Interstate 17

Posted at 1:12 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-26 10:58:38-04

One person has died and three others are hurt after a car went airborne and landed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 near the Stack Friday afternoon.

Just before 12:30 p.m., the brown car was heading on the I-17 access road to make a left onto Grant Street when it went through the barrier fence, ripping it out and landing on the freeway below.

According to Department of Public Safety officials, the brown car was in a left turn only lane, but was attempting to drive straight and outrun an 18-wheeler who was next to him. 

The driver lost control of the car and slammed into a fence, authorities said. He was also struck by two other cars and the truck.

DPS said the 65-year-old driver of the brown car was killed in the crash. Three other people were seriously hurt.

All lanes of southbound I-17 were closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene. The freeway was reopened just before 4 p.m.

DPS is attempting to get in contact with the driver of the 18-wheeler to get more information.

Stay with ABC15 and for updates on this developing situation.