Verde Livestock Transportation cattle hauler involved in 24-car wreck
17 injured in I-17 collision
BLACK CANYON CITY – Seventeen patients were transported to hospitals Sunday after a 24-vehicle crash on southbound I-17 involving a Verde Livestock Transportation cattle hauler.
Bart Graves, media specialists for DPS, said the commercial tractor-trailer pulling a cattle trailer failed to slow down on the interstate around 1:22 p.m. that was congested from a previous fatal motorcycle accident. The semi ended up sideswiping and rear-ending 23 vehicles near mile post 246, stated DPS. Four patients were flown from the scene with moderate to severe injuries to Phoenix-area hospitals, said Graves, and 13 patients were transported by ground.
The cattle were uninjured.
DPS Troopers closed southbound 1-17 for most of the day, and ADOT offered drivers traveling from Flagstaff to Phoenix alternative routes.
The interstate reopened around 10 p.m., according to DPS.
Verde Livestock Transportation is based out of Camp Verde.
Attempts to reach Verde Livestock Transportation went straight to voice mail. The company did not return the call.