MESA, AZ — One driver is dead and three others are hurt after a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 60 at Alma School Road Saturday night.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said the crash happened just after 9 p.m. when a driver was in the left emergency lane and tried to pull a vehicle from the area using a tow strap.
The tow vehicle was then hit by a passing vehicle as it tried to enter the HOV lane, causing it to be pushed into the middle traffic lanes.
The driver of the passing vehicle became trapped inside his vehicle with serious, life-threatening injuries, DPS said. He was extricated from his vehicle and taken to a local hospital.
After the initial impact, the tow vehicle was hit again by a second vehicle and was pushed into the Alma School Road off-ramp.
As the driver of the tow vehicle exited their vehicle, the vehicle was struck again by a third car.
Authorities said this caused the tow vehicle to hit the driver, causing life-threatening injuries.
The driver later died at a local hospital.
Two others suffered minor injuries due to the incident.
The eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 reopened just after 1 a.m. as an investigation was conducted.