Tire blowout blamed for interstate fatality near Marana

2014-02-04T14:51:00Z Tire blowout blamed for interstate fatality near MaranaKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 04, 2014 2:51 pm  • 

One man was killed and two others were injured in an early morning crash on Interstate 10 near Marana.

At about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, a tire blew out on an SUV traveling westbound on Interstate 10 east of the Marana exit, Raul Garcia, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in a news release.

“The vehicle left the roadway, rolled, traveled through the median and landed upright within the eastbound traffic lanes of I-10,” Garcia said.

A passenger got out to render aid to the drive and the other passenger when the tractor-trailer hit the SUV.

“During this time, the passenger that was standing alongside the SUV was struck by the rotation of the SUV,” Garcia said.

The 39-year-old driver of the SUV was dead at the scene, Garcia said.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the passenger who was trapped in the SUV, said Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District.

One passenger, who was in critical condition, was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. The second passenger was in stable condition and taken by ambulance to the hospital, Garcia said.

Both passengers were men. One is 66-years-old, Garcia said. He did not know the age of the second passenger.

The driver and both passengers were wearing seatbelts, Garcia said.

“Due to the nature of both collisions — roll over and truck tractor — the fatal injury and passenger injury was not preventable,” he said.

Eastbound lanes of the interstate at the Marana exit were closed for more than four hours Tuesday, Goldberg said.

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