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PCSO: Apparent human smuggling attempt leads to interstate-closing crash

I-10 eastbound was closed after a crash near Pichaco Peak. Authorities say it seems linked to a human smuggling case.

TUCSON, Ariz. — An early morning traffic stop on Interstate 10 turned into a chase that eventually shut down the highway on Monday. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said that it appears to be linked to a human smuggling attempt.

Around 8:30 a.m., a PCSO deputy attempted to stop a vehicle traveling on I-10 near mile marker 217. Authorities said that the driver sped off with the deputy in pursuit.

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The suspect vehicle eventually veered into oncoming traffic and finally rolled over near mile marker 213 around Picacho Peak Road. 

All four of the passengers in the vehicle were undocumented migrants, a PCSO spokesman said. Two of the four were ejected from the car and needed to be taken to a local hospital.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was reportedly arrested.

Following the crash, the eastbound lanes of I-10 were closed, ADOT said. Right now, authorities have not said when the roadway is expected to reopen.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12News for more updates.

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