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Tanker, SUV involved in fatal crash on I-17 near Anthem

It's unclear how many people were involved in the crash.

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — A tanker and an SUV were involved in a fatal crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 17 near Anthem. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the crash occurred in the northbound lanes at 12:27 p.m. near mile marker 229. 

It's unclear how many people were involved in the crash.

DPS said two lanes are closed. 

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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Credit: DPS
Fatal crash reported on Interstate-17 at milepost 229 near Anthem.


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

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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