Two people were tragically killed in a fiery wrong-way crash on Interstate 10 in Phoenix early Sunday morning, as confirmed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Witnesses at the scene described the incident as chaotic and horrifying.
Among those who witnessed the crash was Derek O’Neil, who expressed his helplessness in the face of the devastating event.
According to O’Neil, he was driving towards Sky Harbor when he witnessed what he described as a scene from a horror movie: cars driving in opposite directions collided.
Troopers believe that a silver sports car with Texas license plates was traveling in the wrong direction in the HOV tunnel when it crashed into a red SUV, resulting in both vehicles bursting into flames.
O’Neil, along with other Good Samaritans, pulled over and attempted to assist but were overwhelmed by the intense heat and the flames engulfing the cars.
Despite their efforts, both drivers, who were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles, lost their lives in the crash.
The incident has left O’Neil deeply affected, constantly reminded of the fragility of life.
He expressed his condolences, stating that he wouldn’t wish such a tragedy upon anyone and lamenting his inability to do more to help.
Three other individuals were injured in the crash, including two women who were in a car that also collided with the wrong-way driver.
Two of the injured women were in critical condition and were rushed to the hospital, while the third woman was reported to be in stable condition.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash, and at this time, it is too early to determine if impairment played a role in the incident.
Troopers revealed that this crash was the most severe of four wrong-way calls they received in the past 24 hours.
More updates on this tragic event will be provided by Fox 10 Phoenix at FOX10PHOENIX.COM and on-air.
The details of the crash and any developments regarding impairment or other contributing factors will be revealed as the investigation progresses.