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I-17 southbound closed for eight hours after multiple-vehicle collision


BLACK CANYON CITY – The southbound I-17 was closed on Sunday afternoon from about 2 p.m. through 10 pm. due to a crash north of Black Canyon City that involved 24 vehicles.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that this crash at milepost 246 involved a commercial cattle hauler that rear-ended multiple vehicles. DPS said troopers are working to determine why the truck did not stop. Four patients were airlifted from the scene with moderate to serious injuries, according to DPS. Thirteen other patients were transported to the hospital via ambulance.

All available units from the Daisy Mountain Fire and Black Canyon City Fire Departments assisted with this severe accident, as did a Mayer Fire unit and multiple Phoenix Fire units. Sixteen total units, six of which were ambulances, responded to this first alarm medical call. DMFD reported that the Daisy Mountain Fire Battalion Chief took command and managed the treatment of patients throughout the call.

Crews also responded to an earlier accident on the southbound I-17 that day; that accident involved a motorcycle and happened near New River Road.

DMFD Community Services Program Coordinator Paul Schickel explained how first responders ensure adequate coverage for everyone in the community when crews are responding to major incidents, such as the accident on Sunday.

“Frequently we’re asked about coverage within the Daisy Mountain Fire District during a major incident, particularly when there are other 911 calls,” Schickel said. “As an automatic aid partner, which is different than mutual aid, other fire units are automatically dispatched to Daisy Mountain Fire District, while our units are still on the initial call. This ensures there is fire department coverage during large incidents. Just one of the many benefits the community receives as an automatic aid partner.”

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