YAVAPAI. CO, Ariz.
Rainy weather in northern Arizona has wreaked havoc on the roads in Yavapai County, causing multiple crashes.
Officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation say that there have been multiple crashes Saturday, leaving two people dead and six others injured.
DPS troopers are currently investigating five weather-related car crashes, which occurred just before 10:00 a.m. along westbound I-40 near milepost 128, approximately 15 miles west of Ash Fork.
The photo shows a rollover collision that happened as a result of hail and ice on the roadway, according to DPS.
Two people rushed to the aid of the victims in the rolled over carand were struck by a commercial vehicle, which instantly caused their deaths.
The weather and these two collisions led to at least three additional collisions which injured a total of six people.
The patients were all transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, says DPS.
“The multiple vehicle - multiple injury and fatal incident was a result of rapid changes in weather along with high rates of speed. Drivers need to be extremely aware of rapidly changing weather conditions particularly this time of year,” said ADPS Captain George Manera.
The roadway remains closed as troopers continue their investigations.
The Arizona Department of Transportation, or ADOT, is assisting with routing traffic onto Crookton Hill Road.
Officials anticipate the closure to remain in effect until at least 5:00 p.m. Saturday.