The Department of Public Safety is investigating a deadly crash off Interstate-10 near Buckeye overnight.  Trooper Damon Cecil with DPS says a small pick-up truck crossed the I-10 median when it smashed head-on into a semi-tractor truck.  The collision mangled the pick-up truck and the semi rolled landing on its side.

The driver of the pick-up truck has been identified as 24-year-old Ricardo Vasquez.  Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.  The semi driver and his passenger suffered non life-threatening injuries.  It’s unclear what caused Vasquez to cross the median, however DUI, and fatigue may be factors. The crash caused an hour-long back-up along I-10 where a sea of semi-trucks were stranded during morning rush.

Kris Dugan