1 dead after sink hole opens on Arizona highway

1 dead after sink hole opens on Arizona highway

A fatal collision occurred before a stretch of northern Arizona highway washed out by rain was closed because of a giant sink hole, authorities say.

Troopers discovered the large hole that resembles a washout when they responded to an accident late Wednesday night on U.S. 89 near the community of Cameron, the Arizona Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Thursday the victim in the Wednesday night collision was a 26-year-old woman from France.

The woman was driving northbound on U.S. 89 and had just crossed a section that started to give way.

Troopers say she then got out of the vehicle.

That is when a 40-year-old Lakeside, Arizona, man crossed the collapsed area but lost control. His pickup truck struck the woman, who was standing outside of her car.

The woman died at the scene. Her two passengers have been released from a hospital.

The other driver and his passenger were treated at the scene.

Damage from heavy rains has led to the closure of lanes in both directions at the highway's junction with U.S. 160 about 15 miles north of Cameron.

Cameron is 52 miles north of Flagstaff.

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