Five family members were injured Saturday, two of them critically, when their SUV rolled on Interstate 10 in Tucson.
The maroon Ford Expedition was eastbound on the interstate at about 2:45 p.m. when the tread separated from a rear tire, causing the driver to lose control, said Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District.
The SUV crashed between Ruthrauff and Prince roads.
A father and his four children were traveling from California to Mexico, Goldberg said. All were taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center.
The 22-year-old driver was in critical condition. He was not wearing a seatbelt, Goldberg said.
A 15-year-old girl, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the SUV and had life-threatening injuries, he said.
A 50-year-old man was in serious but stable condition, and an 18-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl had minor injuries.
Goldberg did not know whether the father was wearing a seatbelt. The 18-year-old was not restrained, but the youngest child had her seatbelt on, he said.
The interstate was closed for several hours while Department of Public Safety officers complete their investigation and an Arizona Department of Transportation crew repaired gouges created in the hot, soft asphalt when the tire came off the SUV, Goldberg said.