PHOENIX — A man is dead and another person was rushed to a hospital after a crash happened in west Phoenix on Sunday.
The three-car crash happened near Northern and 31st avenues, about a mile west of I-17, around 10:20 a.m.
Police said a car was traveling west, crossed the median for some reason and collided with a minivan. Another car rear-ended the van afterward.
The driver of the van, identified as Hajric Mirsad, died at the hospital. Another man was hospitalized for serious injuries.
The crash is still under investigation. The road was closed for several hours but is now open.
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
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