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Driver dies after hitting Valley Metro bus, police say

The collision occurred shortly before midnight on Interstate 10 near milepost 141.

PHOENIX — Authorities say a motorist died after hitting the back of a Valley Metro bus on Interstate 10 in Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the collision occurred Thursday night at about 11:50 p.m. on I-10 near milepost 141. 

The driver of a pickup truck hit a Valley Metro traveling on the freeway near 35th Avenue. The truck's driver sustained fatal injuries and the bus driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries, DPS said. 

The deceased driver has been identified as Timothy Wilson, 49, of Litchfield Park.

Impairment is not suspected to be a causing factor in the collision, DPS said.

The crash caused the freeway to shut down for at least an hour. 

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Deaths on Arizona roadways:

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade:

  • 2011: 825 deaths
  • 2012: 821 deaths
  • 2013: 844 deaths
  • 2014: 774 deaths
  • 2015: 895 deaths
  • 2016: 952 deaths
  • 2017: 1,000 deaths
  • 2018: 1,010 deaths
  • 2019: 982 deaths
  • 2020: 1,057 deaths

The Arizona Department of Transportation keeps track of traffic fatalities throughout Arizona.

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said.

 

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