Originally Published: October 25, 2016 6 a.m.
BLACK CANYON CITY – Seventeen patients were transported to hospitals Sunday after a 24-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 17 involving a Verde Livestock Transportation cattle hauler.
Bart Graves, media specialists for DPS, said the commercial tractor-trailer pulling a cattle trailer failed to slow down on the interstate around 1:22 p.m. that was congested from a previous fatal motorcycle accident.
The semi ended up sideswiping and rear-ending 23 vehicles near milepost 246. Four patients were flown from the scene with moderate to severe injuries to Phoenix-area hospitals, Graves said, and 13 patients were transported by ground.
The cattle were uninjured.
DPS troopers closed southbound 1-17 for most of the day, and ADOT offered drivers traveling from Flagstaff to Phoenix alternative routes.
The interstate reopened around 10 p.m., according to DPS.
Verde Livestock Transportation is based out of Camp Verde. Attempts to reach Verde Livestock Transportation went straight to voice mail. The company did not return the call.
Up-to-date conditions on those injured, causes or possible charges were unavailable at press time.
Jennifer Kucich is a reporter for the Verde Independent.
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