Five family members were injured Saturday afternoon when their SUV rolled on Interstate 10.
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 22-year-old driver to lose control, said Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District.
The SUV crashed between Ruthrauff and Prince roads.
Currently only the far left eastbound lane is open, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should use the frontage road or expect delays on the interstate.
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 ejected from the SUV and has 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.
The interstate will be closed for several hours while DPS officers complete their investigation and an ADOT crew repairs gouges created in the hot, soft asphalt when the tire came off the SUV, Goldberg said.
He advises everyone to wear their seatbelts and suggests anyone taking a road trip, especially when travel includes driving on freeways, to have their tires checked prior to departure.
“Vehicles need to be in good traveling condition, especially tires,” Goldberg said. “It’s warm outside. They heat up even more and it’s crucial tires be in good shape.”
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