Driver arrested for deadly Chandler I-10 crash was on TikTok at the time, DPS says

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a deadly crash along the I-10 in Chandler that killed five people back in January.

The deadly Jan. 12 incident happened on the eastbound lanes of the freeway near Chandler Boulevard. A commercial tractor-trailer hauling garbage rear-ended two cars after driving into stopped traffic, sandwiching them into the back of another semi, according to DPS.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced in a news release that 36-year-old Danny G. Tiner was arrested at his home Thursday on multiple charges related to the January crash, including five counts of manslaughter.

An investigation determined Tiner was driving 68 mph in a 55 mph construction zone and actively using TikTok on his cellphone right before the collision.

Five people died as a result of the crash.

Danny Tiner

Danny Tiner

Danny Tiner, according to detectives, originally said he received a message on his electronic work tablet at the time of the crash and acknowledged the message.

"Tiner said when he looked back up traffic was stopped, and he could not stop his vehicle in time to avoid a collision," read a portion of the statement.

Tiner, according to DPS, is accused of five counts of manslaughter, four counts of endangerment, and a count of tampering with physical evidence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.