One person is dead and several others are in critical condition after the car they were driving ran a red light and struck a garbage truck at Thunderbird Road and 51st Avenue around 4:40 a.m. July 21.
According to Phoenix police, a 14-year-old girl died while another 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries. A 16-year-old boy, who was driving, also received serious injuries. The driver of the garbage truck was also injured, though his life is not in danger.
Police said the smaller vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai, was southbound on 51st Avenue when it ran a red light at Thunderbird Road and hit the garbage truck, which was traveling east through a green light.
Police said the two vehicles became entangled and redirected eastbound, hitting two large trees. The garbage truck then tipped over on top of the Hyundai.
Glendale and Phoenix fire department personnel responded, began lifesaving measures and transported all surviving individuals to local hospitals for treatment. One 14-year-old girl was pronounced dead on scene.
An investigation is underway. Police said neither driver was impaired, but speed and failure to yield will be considered.