One dead, two injured in Ajo Highway collisionby Eric Sagara on Apr. 21, 2009, under Local, Special
One person was killed and two others were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a collision on Ajo Highway west of Kinney Road on Monday.
Tracy Koslowski, a spokeswoman for the Drexel Heights Fire District, said the collision occurred at about 4:30 p.m. and closed westbound Ajo Highway.
A minivan and a pickup truck were involved in the head-on collision, Koslowski said.
The driver of the minivan, a man in his 20s, was declared dead at the scene, Koslowski said.
His passenger, another man in his 20s, was taken by helicopter to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
The pickup truck was driven by a woman in her 50s who did wear a seat belt. Koslowski said rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to get her out of the truck.
She was also flown to UMC with life-threatening injuries, Koslowski said.