PHOENIX — Two people are dead and six others, including three young children, are hurt after a serious crash in Phoenix early Monday morning.
Phoenix police say shortly after midnight, officers responded to a three-vehicle crash in the area of 37th and Grand avenues.
Officers arrived at the scene and found several vehicles had been involved in the crash and several people were transported to a local hospital with injuries.
Detectives learned that a non-injury crash initially occurred in the area, when another vehicle, which was driven by a man with two passengers, swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash, hitting the back of a second vehicle, causing a second crash.
The impact of the second crash caused the second vehicle, which was occupied by two women and three children, to drive into oncoming traffic.
This led to a third crash, as a vehicle that was heading eastbound on Grand Avenue collided with the second vehicle.
The third vehicle was occupied by a male driver and a male and female passengers.
Two people, identified by police only as a man and a woman, died at the scene.
Fire officials say a 34-year-old woman, a 53-year-old woman, and a 30-year-old woman were hospitalized in critical condition. The three children, 3-year-old and a set of 1-year-old twins, were taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Police said the driver of the first vehicle showed impairment symptoms, was cited and released.
The crash remains under investigation.