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