11 Williams Field students involved in 4-vehicle crash near Higley High - East Valley Tribune: Gilbert

11 Williams Field students involved in 4-vehicle crash near Higley High

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 4:44 pm | Updated: 11:32 am, Thu Sep 29, 2011.

At least 11 Williams Field High School students and one parent were involved in a four-vehicle crash at the intersection of Recker and Pecos roads near Higley High School shortly before noon Wednesday.

Two students were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, said Capt. Mike Connor, a spokesman for the Gilbert Fire Department. The other students were released to their parents at the scene.

“It really seems like everyone had seat belts buckled,” he said. “It looked a lot worse than it really was.”

The bed of one truck was completely on top of the front end of another truck.

Three trucks and one SUV were involved in the collision, said Tony Malaj, a spokesman for Higley Unified School District.

Inattention and possible speeding may have led to the crash, said Gilbert Police Sgt. Bill Balafas.

The students were out of school on an early release day, Malaj said.

The area around the crash was closed for more than two hours while police investigated, Connor said.

Police believe the crash occurred while two cars were sitting at a red light. A third vehicle crashed into the stopped car, causing it to rear-end the first car. The fourth vehicle hit the third from behind.

The investigation is ongoing and no drivers have been cited at this time, Balafas said.

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