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Arizona - Geological Wonders
When most people think of Arizona, the first thing that comes to mind is probably "desert", which is certainly not wrong given that the state is the fourth driest in the nation. However, while the capital and largest city of the state, Phoenix, is within a hot desert climate as expected, the northern portions of the state are wetter and quite mountainous. Just take a two hour drive north from Phoenix, the hottest city in the country, and you'll find yourself in the town of Flagstaff, which receives about 100 inches of snow per year on average and is one of the snowiest places in the country!
But Arizona is still more than just deserts and mountains; it's a geologist's dream. The state's biggest claim to fame is the Grand Canyon, which is widely considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, though no official list exists. The deep and expansive canyon exhibits miles upon miles of exposed rock layers, making it the perfect site for geologic research and an extremely popular tourist destination. Between the draw of the Grand Canyon and its position between the two most populous states of California and Texas, Arizona sees a significant amount of traffic on their interstate highways, which include:
- I-8, which splits off from I-10 south of Phoenix and continues west though Yuma and eventually to San Diego, CA.
Find accidents in Arizona by area
- Phoenix accidents - The largest city and state capital. With a population of about 1,500,000, it's the most populous state capital in the country and the location of most accidents in Arizona.
- Tucson accidents - The second largest city in the state; its population is around 500,000. Geologists and hobbyists come from around the world each year for the famous Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
- Yuma accidents - In the southwestern most corner of the state, right at the California-Arizona and USA-Mexico borders.
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Most recent accident reports
Dr. Robert Arceci was riding a motorcycle to his job at the Phoenix Children's Hospital when a landscaping truck hit him while it was attempting to make a left turn.
A fourth person has died after a collision caused by a suicidal driver who fatally shot himself while he was driving. 29-year-old Swapna Ponnambalam died Tuesday at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Meryl Austin, 69, of Prescott, was heading north on Highway 89 at around 6 p.m. when a southbound vehicle turned left in front of him. Austin collided with the vehicle.
An elderly woman was crossing near 35th and Northern avenues midblock when she was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver stayed at the scene after the crash, and impairment is not believed to be a factor.
A group of five people from Japan had rented motorcycles, and two riders were involved in Thursday morning's accident on Oatman Highway. The two motorcycles exited the roadway after failing to safely complete a turn.
Phoenix police said a man and a woman were walking in the bike lane on Norterra Parkway when a car struck the woman, killing her. The man was not hurt.
A woman was riding as a passenger in a car near Southern Avenue and Mesa Drive when a truck struck the side of the vehicle hard. The woman died at the scene, and the driver of the car was taken to a trauma center for treatment.
Robert Charles Looney, of Tucson, was driving northbound at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Twin Peaks Road when struck the median. Looney's 44-year-old wife was a passenger on his motorcycle, and suffered serious injuries.
An accident involving a car and a pedestrian that happened near the intersection of Craycroft Road and 22nd Street sent the pedestrian, a woman, to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The incident is under investigation.
Raphael "Rafe" Sagarin, 43, was riding his bicycle on State Route 77, also known as Oracle Road, when he was struck from the back by a pickup truck driven by 44-year-old Gary L.
Around 7:40 a.m., an officer made a turn from East Broadway onto South Kolb Road and struck a man who was crossing the street. The man suffered life-threatening injuries, and the officer immediately stopped to administer first aid. The man is currently listed in stable condition.
A car accident that happened early Saturday on Red Cloud Mine Road near Martinez Lake killed a man and injured another. The victim was 31 year old Ryan Swierk. Swierk was driving a 2014 Can-Am Maverick MAX 4 seat UTV when he lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a tree.
A 16-year-old boy was driving west on I-40 in Flagstaff when he for some reason drove off of the roadway, where the vehicle rolled multiple times.
A motorcyclist ran a red light at the intersection of Avondale Boulevard and McDowell Road, and Arizona Department of Public Safety officers pursued the motorcyclist attempting to get them to pull over.
Nathan Bighorse was driving a car on Lake Mary Road when the car crashed and rolled over. A 9-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, sisters, were riding in the car at the time and were thrown from the vehicle when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Williams Field and Power roads, a crash occured that involved three vehicles. the cause of the accident is still being investigated, and the nature of the accident has not been released.
Donte Caraway, his three daughters, and brother were on the way to the park when a driver crossed the centerline and struck their car head-on.
At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, a crash occurred on South Avenue 3E, involving a Ford Mustang and a Ford F 150 pickup when the driver of the Mustang lost control and crashed with the truck. The driver of the Mustang, Julian McDaniel, 22, is currently at St.
A motorcyclist was traveling on 43rd Avenue when another vehicle that was attempting to turn left onto Glendale Avenue struck him. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. The driver of the other vehcile remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators.
A 16-year-old boy was walking near a bus stop when two truck collided at Central and Glendale avenues. The force of the crash caused one of the trucks to veer off the road and hit the boy. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Louis Martinez was bicycling on Thomas Road when he suffered a seizure that forced him to lay down immediately. He was lying in the road when he was struck by a white SUV and dragged several hundred feet. He died at the scene.