2 die, 2 seriously injured in Phoenix freeway accidents
PHOENIX — Two people died, including a good Samaritan, and two others were critically injured Monday morning in a pair of accidents on Interstate 17 in Phoenix.
A motorcyclist and someone trying to help died near Union Hills Drive. The woman was one of three good Samaritans hit by a car while they tried to reach the cyclist.
DPS: Car hits 3 ppl trying to help motorcyclist who crashed on SB 17/Union Hills this a.m., killing motorcyclist & a woman. 2 in hospital. pic.twitter.com/o6ICGmzBOZ
— Liz Kotalik FOX 10 (@LizKotalikFOX10) May 1, 2017
A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public said another would-be rescuer was unharmed.
The wrecks shut down southbound lanes at Loop 101 and the loop’s eastbound and westbound ramps to I-17 were also closed.
UPDATE: I-17 NB at Yorkshire: 2 left lanes have been REOPENED.. Expect delays.. #phxtraffic
— MCDOT News (@MCDOTNews) May 1, 2017
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 1, 2017
The northbound lanes were reopened around 8:40 a.m. The southbound lanes reopened about 10:30 a.m.
The Phoenix Fire Department said it had treated four people at the scene.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that traffic was diverted onto Loop 101.