State emergency workers responded to two separate fatal freeway crashes in the East Valley on Saturday night. One of the crashes shut down a stretch of Loop 202’s Red Mountain Freeway for about an hour, according to authorities.
The first crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. on Loop 202’s Santan Freeway near Gilbert Road. A 19-year-old woman was killed in that collision.
The Red Mountain Freeway collision involving multiple vehicles occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near Mesa Drive in Mesa. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said one person was killed.
ABC15 News reported that at least four vehicles were involved in the collision.
The freeway was closed while emergency crews worked to clear the roadway well after 10 p.m. DPS officials said all traffic in the eastbound lanes was directed to exit at Country Club Drive.
DPS officials did not know what caused the crash, and the names of the people involved were not released.
In the Santan Freeway crash, DPS officials reported one vehicle rear-ended another vehicle and both crashed into a cable barrier in the westbound lanes near Gilbert Road.
DPS officials said a woman, who was a passenger in the front vehicle, died from injuries.
The drivers of both vehicles received minor injuries, according to DPS.
Authorities said the driver of the rear vehicle fled from the scene and later turned himself in to DPS officials. It was not known why the driver had fled.
The names of the drivers and the deceased passenger were not released.
The westbound lane was closed while DPS officials cleared the roadway and conducted an investigation.