By MARK CARLSON and JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press Writers
PHOENIX (AP) - Six people were killed Friday when a passenger
bus hit another vehicle and rolled over on the interstate south of
Phoenix, authorities said.
At least 15 others were injured, including two 11-year-olds and
a 16-year-old, in the early morning accident on Interstate 10 about
25 miles south of Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety
spokesman Bart Graves.
Graves said two men and four women were killed. The bus was
carrying 21 passengers. All those killed and injured were on the
Ten of the injured were taken by ambulance to various hospitals
and five were flown by medical helicopter, he said.
The bus was headed west on I-10 when it rear-ended a passenger
car, Graves said. The bus driver lost control and the bus veered
off the road and rolled over. Early reports said the bus hit a
semi, but Graves said later the semi was not involved in the crash
with the bus. Two non-injury accidents occurred behind the bus
The accident quickly scene became a mass of police and rescue
personnel as ambulances arrived and rescuers broke out windows of
the bus to get to victims, setting up a triage area in the middle
of the interstate.
Helicopters landed on the freeway to airlift the most critically
Both westbound lanes of I-10 were closed at milepost 173, and
traffic was being rerouted on State Route 587.
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