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2 dead after blown tire triggers Beeline Highway crash

Troopers say the road was slick from a monsoon storm, and the driver lost control of the SUV after losing the tire.

PHOENIX — Two people died Sunday afternoon after severe weather contributed to a crash along the Beeline Highway northeast of Phoenix.

A family was driving along just south of the Highway 188 interchange when a tire blew out around 5:00 p.m., according to DPS.

Troopers say the road was slick from a monsoon storm, and the driver lost control of the SUV after losing the tire.

The SUV careened over a barrier and landed near a creek, ejecting the two victims from the vehicle.

DPS says no one in the car was wearing a seatbelt.

They haven’t been identified.

Troopers are still investigating.

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Driving Safety Tips:

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestions include:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

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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