FD: 1 killed, 15 others injured in 10-car wreck on State Route 347

Posted at 3:05 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 11:55:01-05

One person is dead after a 12-car crash near Maricopa on Tuesday. 

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon on SR 347 near Riggs Road. 

According to a Chandler Fire Department spokesperson, seven people suffered injuries ranging from serious to critical condition. 

Initial reports said that a pickup truck was going northbound along SR-347 when it crossed into oncoming traffic near Riggs Road. The driver continued to head the wrong way and crashed into multiple other cars. 

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said southbound traffic on SR 347 was stopped at the intersection and troopers were directing northbound traffic onto Riggs.

A DPS spokesperson said despite 12 cars being involved in the crash, not all sustained damage from the collision. Some cars were hit by flying debris in connection to the accident.

Impairment was possibly a factor in the collision, but an investigation is ongoing. 

The road has since reopened.