Long-lived rains cause crashes; flood Tucson roads
Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - There was trouble along I-10 Wednesday including a rollover at the entrance ramp going westbound from Houghton Rd. Elsewhere in Tucson, drivers battled flooded roads.
Captain Barrett Baker of Tucson Fire Department says the crash near Houghton was so serious, firefighters could not simply pull the victim out.
"One patient was trapped in the vehicle, Tucson Fire got on scene, we were able to extricate that patient, the patient was transported to a local hospital with severe life threatening injuries at this time," said Baker.
Elsewhere, water covered the road west of town on Ajo Rd. near Kinney Rd. Although roads were marked closed, some drivers forded through the floodwaters anyway.
"I was watching from the drive thru at McDonalds to see if other cars were making it, and I saw a little red car make it so i said, i can make it," said driver Austin Jurkewicz.
Other drivers in the area thought twice about entering the low lying road. Terri Barrus just moved to the area and thought twice about plowing into floodwaters.
"I have seen idiots that go through get stuck, and there is no reason to go through it," said Barrus. "Just go around to Irvington and go another route."
Driver Connie Carter says there are many ways home, so she found the least flooded crossing to wait it out.
"I called my husband and he isn't home - he has a pickup truck that can go through it, so im just waiting," said Carter.
Additional rain was forecast through Thursday as a potent atmospheric setup continued to saturate southern Arizona.