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Old 03-26-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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Unhappy Phoenix: 3 moto riders killed by dump truck, 6 injured

A group of eight motorcycles stopped at a red light in north Phoenix were mowed down from behind by a dump truck early Thursday afternoon, killing three riders and injuring six others, at least one critically, authorities said.

The most seriously injured was off-duty Phoenix Fire Capt. Ernie Lizarraga, a 22-year department veteran who was hospitalized in very critical condition Thursday evening, authorities said.

Phoenix police spokesman Detective James Holmes said the fire captain and the other motorcyclists were stopped behind a pickup and a small SUV at the red light when the truck driver rammed them from behind. The truck ran over the motorcyclists and continued into the small SUV in front of them, Holmes said.

There was no sign the truck driver was impaired, authorities said.

Some of the motorcycles burst into flames under the dump truck, while others ended up scattered behind the truck. Television images of the crash site showed a horrifying collection of mangled chrome Harley-Davidson bikes and scattered personal belongings, including pairs of riders' boots laying in the roadway.

"It's a horrific scene," Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Frank Salomon told The Associated Press.

Some of the injured were airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Salomon said.

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of 27th Avenue and the Carefree Highway. Holmes said at least one of the victims was a woman, but most were men.

Jarrod Cook, a worker at the nearby Ketzal Mexican Grill, said he saw several motorcycles wedged underneath the garbage truck, which caught fire.

"The first thing we saw was a big puff of smoke when the truck lit on fire," he said.

Cook said he walked over and witnessed a chaotic scene with some of the injured lying on the ground.

Dozens of police and rescue personnel responded to the crash.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Jacobs told KNXV-TV that witnesses reported seeing several of the motorcycle riders dragged 50 to 75 yards after impact. The three bikers killed were trapped under the truck, Jacobs said.

The 50-year-old driver of the truck was not injured and was being questioned by police. Those in the pickup and SUV also were not hurt.

The Carefree Highway was expected to be closed for several hours as police investigate the crash.

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Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this report
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That is crazy, I saw a accident that was pretty similar. But didnt involve 6 people, but a guy got ran over by a dump truck in atascociata here in houston. Was horrible to have to watch and see the aftermath of such a wreck.

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Im with you on the Bevo... My latest/ Last accident, I was rear ended and thrown against the wall of a freeway. I was going 20 mph, traffic was slowing down then BOOM. It was like somewhat pressed a seat eject button.
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Right there with you. I hate being at lights without another car already stopped behind me.

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Only time I've ever been hit on a bike.... it was from behind at a stop light :/
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Man that's gotta suck. Situations like this are why I'm weary of being in nuetral at a stop light.

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i want to know what the fck that dump truck driver was doing...
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i want to know what the fck that dump truck driver was doing...
Most likely something distracting (IE cell phone, drowsy, or paying attention to everything around him instead of what's in front of him.)

RIP to the fallen riders. I seen this yesterday on Fox. Pretty tragic. When at a stop, I make it habit to give myself enough room to gas it and head between or around the car in front of me. I steady keep a eye of traffic coming up behind me while I'm stopped by looking in the mirror.
Call me nuts but I guess riding around Bryan/College Station keeps you on alert. Being no one here pays attention because they're too busy chatting/texting, applying makeup, or just acting like motorcyclist have no rights on the roadways.

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This is why lane splitting should be legal everywhere.

He would've hit the truck & SUV instead & nobody would have been killed.
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