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Man dies after crashing pickup truck into concrete barrier in Glendale

Authorities are still investigating whether speed or impairment played a factor in the crash near 59th and Northern avenues.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Glendale police said a man has died after crashing his car into a concrete barrier near 59th and Northern avenues Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said two vehicles were heading south on 59th Avenue when one vehicle sideswiped the other, causing the truck to crash into a concrete barrier nearby.

Police said the truck driver was transported to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, police said. Authorities are still investigating whether speed or impairment played a factor in the crash.

59th Avenue was closed between Hayward and Orangewood for several hours while officers worked to clear the scene.

Police are not identifying the victim at this time.

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Deaths on Arizona roads

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

ADOT offers driving tips on its website 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.

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