Phoenix police Sgt. Alan Pfohl describes the two-vehicle crash that killed one and injured three on April 20, 2017. Rebecca Dantuono/azcentral.com
One person was killed and three others seriously injured, including two children, in a crash that shut down 32nd Street at Paradise Lane in northeast Phoenix late Thursday afternoon.
Fire crews pulled four people from a four-door sedan that collided head on with a truck on 32nd Street, said Phoenix police Sgt. Alan Pfohl, describing it as “a horrific car crash.”
A 25-year-old female passenger of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, Pfohl said.
The 34-year-old male driver and a girl between 8 and 11 years old were in extremely critical condition, he said. A boy estimated to be 4 years old was listed in serious condition, Pfohl said, adding that the boy was properly restrained in the car.
Police said they were working to confirm the relationships among people in the car.
The truck driver had minor injuries, Pfohl said.
The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m., when the car was heading south on 32nd Street and collided head-on with the northbound truck, Pfohl said.
Witnesses told police the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, he said.
The accident shut down 32nd Street at Paradise Lane into Thursday evening while the accident was investigated.
“We don’t know why this person is traveling fast. We don’t know if they’re in a hurry to get somewhere, if they had a medical event. We really don’t know at this point,” Pfohl said.
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