UPDATE: No one wearing seat belts in deadly 1-10 rollover that killed one and injured 11
Several people are suffering from life-threatening injuries and one person is dead after a van carrying 12 people rolled over in Interstate 10. Most of the people in the van were children, none were wearing their seat belts.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One woman is dead and 11 are injured after a minivan carrying 12 family members rolled over on the 1-10 early this morning, the Department of Transportation tells Nine On Your Side.
No one was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
The mini-van was only equipped to carry 8, D.P.S. told us, and the victims range in ages from infant to adult.
D.P.S. said the family was headed to Tyrone, New Mexico when they crashed near Picacho Peak around 7:30 this morning.
They said the car's rear left tire's tread came off, causing it to enter the median and flip over.
Once on scene, emergency medical personnel determined that all 12 people in the van required medical attention and multiple people had been thrown from the vehicle, according to Patrick Calhoun with the Avra Valley Fire District.
The driver, a 28-year-old woman from Silver City, New Mexico, was pronounced dead on scene and two minors were flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Calhoun said.
Another patient with life-threatening injuries was rushed to the hospital via ambulance.
Another eight patients were also taken to the hospital and they are in stable condition, Calhoun said.
D.P.S. told us the surviving victims are expected to be okay.
Nine of the people in the vehicle were under the age of 12 and everyone in the car is related to each other, according to Calhoun.
The roadway is now back open and officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety have taken over the investigation.
KGUN 9 On Your Side is still working to get more information. Stay with us for updates.