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Phoenix car crash leaves 9-year-old girl, others injured

The crash occurred Tuesday morning near 7th Street and Thomas Road.

PHOENIX — A 9-year-old girl is dead, and several others are injured after a car crash in Phoenix Tuesday morning.

Officers arrived at the scene near 7th Street and Thomas Road at 9:05 a.m. and found two vehicles that were involved in a crash, according to the Phoenix Police Department. After speaking with witnesses, officers said they were told a car traveling eastbound crossed into the westbound lanes and hit another car. 

Police said a man driving the westbound car was sent to the hospital with two other children who were in the car. According to officials, one of the children, 9-year-old Shaila Zamora, did not survive. The man and other child in the vehicle are expected to survive, according to police.

Authorities also stated a woman and child were in the eastbound car. The child was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police said preliminary information suggests the vehicle in the eastbound lane swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle. After swerving, the vehicle then crossed over into westbound traffic, colliding with the westbound vehicle.

Speed and possibly impairment might have been factors in the crash, according to police.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The intersection where the crash occurred was closed for several hours as police investigated the scene.  

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

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