Accidents Back Up Beeline Highway For Three Hours


Four accidents within miles of each other caused multiple backups and headaches for weekend travelers along Highway 87 Sunday afternoon.

The accidents, involving a total of 10 cars, had the highway closed for an hour and traffic backed up for over three hours, said DPS Officer Dan Williams.

The first accident happened at 2:12 p.m. near milepost 213.

A car heading south on Highway 87 in the left hand lane hydroplaned, the driver lost control and the car rolled into the median ejecting one passenger. The car then caught fire.

The road had to be shut until the fire was put out in case the car exploded, Williams said.

This caused a backup for miles along the highway.

Two women and one man were transported by helicopter to Maricopa Medical Center. One man and woman were also taken by ambulance, all had non-life threatening injuries, Williams said.

Shortly after the rollover, at 2:15 p.m., a car hit a guardrail at milepost 215. That crash was weather related, said DPS officer Steven Salazar.

Two minutes after the car struck the guardrail, two cars collided trying to avoid the crash. No one was injured and there was minimal damage in both crashes.

At the same location an hour later there was a multiple car pile up.

Six or seven cars collided into each other, like an accordion, Salazar said.

The vehicles hit were slowing down because of the backup caused by the rollover. Three or four people were taken to a Valley hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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