Arizona Truck Driver Killed in Rollover Accident

Officials have released the name of the 60-year-old driver of a tractor trailer who was killed after his big rig rolled over on U.S. 60 in Maricopa County, Arizona, on April 26.

The Arizona Republic reports that Clarence Sutton of Maricopa was driving a commercial big rig for US Air Weld westbound on the highway between Longmore and Dobson roads around 5:20 p.m. when he failed to slow down while approaching traffic ahead of his vehicle.

According to the news agency, the 18-wheeler, which was carrying high pressure gases at the time, slammed into two cars, which forced the truck to slide sideways and rollover onto another vehicle.

Sutton was taken to an area hospital where he reportedly died later as a result of his injuries. The occupants of the three other vehicles involved all suffered only minor injures in the collision.

The roadway was shut down for several hours while emergency crews cleaned up the wreck. Firefighters told the news source that the road was also closed over concerns that the compressed gas the truck was transporting could explode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 307 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Maricopa, County, Arizona, in 2009.

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