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Fiery crash on eastbound I-10 causes multiple fatalities

Fiery crash on eastbound I-10 causes multiple fatalities

CREATED Jul 29, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A semi truck collided with a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound, sparking flames and causing multiple fatalities. 

A semi-truck traveling westbound on I-10 near the Burnt Wells Rest Area crossed the median around 11:00 a.m. Sunday, striking an eastbound passenger car, according to officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Both vehicles caught fire after they slid into a culvert on an eastbound shoulder.

Two fatalities have been confirmed, according to Cook.

Cook says two other passengers have been airlifted to a nearby hospital and that more fatalities could be confirmed later Sunday. 

Eastbound lanes near milepost 87 are closed, but a six-mile detour is in place at milepost 81. 

ADOT officials expect eastbound lanes to be closed until at least 6:00 p.m. Sunday.