Multi-vehicle collision in Buckeye kills 3, including pregnant woman

May 31, 2021, 5:11 PM | Updated: Jun 1, 2021, 5:51 pm

PHOENIX — A multi-vehicle collision in Buckeye killed three people, including a pregnant woman, while injuring another on Sunday night, according to authorities.

The collision occurred around 10:30 p.m. near Verrado Way and Van Buren Street.

Authorities arrived on the scene and found one vehicle engulfed in flames, a woman trapped inside another vehicle and a third vehicle in a nearby field that had rolled several times.

The woman trapped in the vehicle was freed and transported to the hospital in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead, authorities said Tuesday.

She was identified as 18-year-old Mercedes Cabrales of Buckeye and was five months pregnant. The baby did not survive, according to authorities.

A man driving the third vehicle was also transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters who extinguished the car on fire found two people who were unable to escape the flames, according to authorities. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the collision is being investigated, and the names of the two others who died are not being released until they are positively identified by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and then pending notification of family.

No other information was immediately available.

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Multi-vehicle collision in Buckeye kills 3, including pregnant woman