PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Two Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and three children have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Interstate 17 in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Fire Department says two DPS troopers and five others, including three children between the ages 2 and 5, have been transported to nearby hospitals.
UPDATE: DPS now says 7 victims, not 9. 3 kids, 2 troopers, 2 adults. Most in this vehicle. NO deaths (Thank God), but serious injuries pic.twitter.com/l1cX6ew4Aj— Liz Kotalik FOX 10 (@LizKotalikFOX10) October 27, 2017
The two DPS troopers, according to officials, were on their way to provide backup on a call. They were going east on Bethany Home Road, and had a red light as they drove into the intersection. Meanwhile, an SUV was exiting the freeway, headed north, and had the green light.
The troopersare in stable condition and are expected to be released from the hospital later today. The conditions of the other patients are unknown.
Update: Troopers will be released later today. Adults from SUV will remain in the hospital, children have non-life-threatening injuries.— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) October 27, 2017
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Bethany Home Road has reopened in both directions at I-17.
The northbound exit is now open. https://t.co/5ezKbcu1Cu— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 27, 2017
According to DPS officials, one of the troopers was a trainee who just got out of the academy. A veteran trooper was reportedly trapped inside the vehicle, and had to be extricated. DPS is investigating the crash.