Fatal Crash Diverted Traffic off the SR 51
Arizona DPS reports fatal crash this morning after there was a pile up of vehicles headed northbound on Piestewa Freeway (SR 51) in Phoenix, Arizona this morning. The accident involved an 8 vehicle collision where some passengers and drivers received minor injuries. However, one of the drivers lost his life when his vehicle was struck by a truck.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the fatal crash. The Phoenix Fire Department stated that the victim of the accident was found dead at the scene of the accident. Next of kin of the deceased man were notified of the tragic accident.
Arizona DPS Reports Fatal Crash
The other motorists involved in this collision were not rendered any medical attention. Traffic had to be redirected to the Glendale exit while the accident scene was cleared. The deceased was later identified by law enforcement as Joseph Hleboski, a Phoenix resident, 67 years of age. The accident began after a vehicle did not function properly and stopped at the middle of the highway. That vehicle was then struck by a truck, which then began a series of collision that led to the fatality.
High Number of Fatalities on Arizona Highways
We have an inordinate high number of fatalities on our Arizona highways compared to the national average. Motorists are always advised to maintain their vehicles in good condition to avoid pile ups like the one in this case. Defensive driving classes also advise drivers to look far ahead of their vehicles in order to avoid collisions on highways. The driver should always be 3 seconds away from the vehicle in front of them in order to have enough time to react to the conditions on the road. Here, there were 8 vehicles that collided with each other in less than 1 minute. While speeding was not involved, the drivers were too close to each other when traveling on the highway.
Please drive safely and keep a proper distance between your car and the other vehicles on the road.