Fiery crash kills 4 on I-10

UPDATE: The 3 occupants of the van in this story have been identified as both members of the Liverpool, England-based band Herโ€™s and their tour manager. The band had just finished their show at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix and weโ€™re headed to a show in Santa Ana. More here.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Four people died early Wednesday morning after a fiery head-on collision between a van and a pickup truck on I-10 in rural La Paz County, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Shortly after 1 a.m., DPS and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a wrong-way driver on the westbound lanes of I-10 near milepost 64, which is between the Vicksburg turnoff and Salome Road.

Kameron Lee, a DPS spokesperson, said that the wrong-way driver, who was driving a Nissan pickup truck, collided head-on with a 15-passenger Ford van carrying 3 people. Both vehicles went up in flames, Lee said, and all the occupants of both vehicles died, including the wrong-way driver, and the 3 occupants of the van. No names were released.

Although an alcoholic beverage was found in the debris, Lee said it is unclear who it belonged to and there are no conclusions being drawn yet.

Westbound I-10 was backed up for miles for a time, but reopened before daylight.

38 comments

  1. So scary…and very sad…

  2. Too often this happens. Prayers to the families.

  3. Lisa Stewart

    How many does this make? So sad

  4. Monica Ruth

    OMG how awful. Prayers for their families…๐Ÿ’”

  5. Monica Ruth

    Christina Braga OMG how awful. Prayers for their families…๐Ÿ’”

  6. Jennifer Mary Huse

    This is getting as bad as the Romona Expressway in Perris. Literally just drove a 7 mile stretch of that expressway and counted 15 crosses alongside the road. Very sad ๐Ÿ˜ข

  7. Joe Sena

    How unfair and unfortunate that the INNOCENT people were killed.

  8. Whobwas it that passed away. R.I.P

  9. Annie Liles

    Prayers for the families and friends of the victims, and for the first responders who have to face such horrific scenes.

  10. Teisa Stewart

    Jennifer Mary Huse that expressway is very dangerous. My aunt lives in Perris and that’s the way we take to her house

  11. Joan Bacon

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  12. KrystalLaffoon N BobbyRobledo

    Prayers to the families of all. So sad, how many more tragedies in that area will it take for a barrier of some type to prevent all these head on collisions around that area. Crazy!

  13. Dana Rupert Back Wright

    Prayers for the families. ๐Ÿ˜ขโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ™

    I Don’t understand why they don’t make this a 4 lane hwy or at least add passing lanes. How many people need to die every year before they do something to fix the problem?!

  14. Dana Rupert Back Wright

    KrystalLaffoon N BobbyRobledo I agree that something needs to be done! There is plenty of room to make this a 4 lane hwy.

  15. Alan Nelson

    Ummm. It is Interstate 10. A freeway, already 4 lane, divided highway, 2 lanes each direction. A wide, 100 foot or so, swath of land, usually with a depression or other natural barrier in the middle.

  16. Alan Nelson

    Ummm. It is Interstate 10. A freeway, already 4 lane, divided highway, 2 lanes each direction. A wide, 100 foot or so, swath of land, usually with a depression or other natural barrier in the middle.

  17. Jcee Alcaida

    Doesnโ€™t stop someone from driving the wrong direction which is what happened.

  18. Jcee Alcaida

    Doesnโ€™t stop someone from driving the wrong direction which is what happened.

  19. Ray Barnett Jr.

    So sad, every wrong way driver i ever pulled over was a P.O.S. drunk/intoxicated driver. I hope im wrong but i doubt it. Condolences to the innocent involved as well as their familes.

  20. Ray Barnett Jr.

    So sad, every wrong way driver i ever pulled over was a P.O.S. drunk/intoxicated driver. I hope im wrong but i doubt it. Condolences to the innocent involved as well as their familes.

  21. Jan Kastner Scott

    What is wrong with these wrong way drivers

  22. Jan Kastner Scott

    What is wrong with these wrong way drivers

  23. Michael Bailey

    Dana Rupert Back Wright – read the article. Interstate 10 has 4 lanes with a physical barrier (median) separating the east and westbound lanes.

  24. Michael Bailey

    Dana Rupert Back Wright – read the article. Interstate 10 has 4 lanes with a physical barrier (median) separating the east and westbound lanes.

  25. Breanne Pearce

    It doesn’t matter how many lanes they have even in Phoenix with the 4 lane highways with barriers we still have wrong way drivers because people are distracted, drunk or just not paying attention. We’re set up on a grid, our roads are flat and straight for the most part, when you’re driving the wrong way there are big red signs that say wrong way especially when you try to go on to an off ramp and the road indicators are red instead of white since it’s the back of them. Until people start paying attention and stop getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t be this will continue to occur. I happened to be in the area where a wrong way driver got on the freeway last year and I took pictures and counted the signs of that off ramp. There were 9 signs saying wrong way, do not enter, etc. Took pictures as a class assignment to show it’s well marked and you can’t miss the signs but that driver still ignored them and got on the freeway.

  26. Dana Rupert Back Wright

    Michael Bailey Yes sorry, I was thinking about Rice Rd. lol

  27. Dana Rupert Back Wright

    Michael Bailey Yes sorry, I was thinking about Rice Rd. lol

  28. I expect the truck driver was attempting suicide. He succeeded. Too bad the selfish bastard took thee innocent people with him. I have seen the interstates in Texas no deep ditches. He could have easily got in the right lane and didnโ€™t. He was obviously aware he was on the wrong side and had encountered multiple other vehicles. Sounds like running with lights out as well semi had to take the shoulder to avoid him.. ๐Ÿ˜ข.

  29. An elderly man decided to take his own life. He hit my sons dump truck at the front left wheel and flipped it right over.When they want to die they donโ€™t care! Luckily my son was physically ok but It still bothers him.

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