Three-car crash kills 4-year-old on Phoenix-area highway

A three-car collision Friday night on Loop 101 in north Phoenix left a 4-year-old child dead and sent two others to the hospital, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS spokesman Tim Case says the crash shut down two westbound lanes and the freeway off-ramp at Cave Creek Road just after 8 p.m.

Case says the child was killed after the vehicle was rear-ended, sending it into the rear end of a third car. Fire crews on-scene say the toddler suffered head injuries and passed away at the hospital. Two other people were injured, including the child's mother, but they will reportedly survive their injuries.

Slick roads were reportedly a factor in the deadly crash.

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