Briefs: Fiery crash involving car, big rig leaves 4 dead in Arizona
SEDONA – Authorities are trying to identify four people who died in a fiery crash involving a passenger car and a tractor-tractor near Sedona.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said the crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
They said the driver of the big rig loaded with glass told DPS troopers that the brakes failed and he couldn’t stop when he got off Interstate 17 at the Sedona exit.
According to DPS, the semi-truck then drove through a stop sign and collided with a car, sending both vehicles down an embankment.
DPS said the tractor-trailer landed on top of the car and erupted in flames.
The truck driver was able to escape uninjured, but four people inside the car were trapped and declared dead at the scene, authorities said.
Due to the fire’s intensity, investigators are having a hard time identifying the victims.
Authorities ID Texas couple killed in an Arizona plane crash
SELIGMAN – Authorities on Monday identified a Texas couple who died last week in the crash of a small plane in a remote area of northwestern Arizona.
Coconino County Sheriff’s officials said Chad Wilson and his wife Brandi were flying from Wichita Falls to Las Vegas on Sept. 13 when the single-engine Piper PA-46 went off the radar in a remote area of Seligman, which is between Kingman and Flagstaff.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter out of Kingman helping in the search located the wreckage and confirmed there were two fatalities.
Sheriff’s officials said personal items found at the scene helped to identify the victims, who were both 42 years old.
Authorities said the couple were operators of a Wichita Falls construction company whose contracts included city projects, and the plane was registered to Chad Wilson.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
Phoenix police ID woman’s body found in suitcase in desert
CAVE CREEK – A woman’s body found in a suitcase in a desert area north of Phoenix has been identified, authorities said Monday.
According to Phoenix police, the victim was 39-year-old Jennifer Beede.
They said the cause and manner of death will be determined by the Maricopa County medical examiner’s office.
Police were called to the scene near Cave Creek Road and the Carefree Highway around 6:45 a.m. Saturday after a bicyclist reported seeing adult human remains in a container on a trail.
Police said the container was a suitcase and a body was inside it, but they didn’t immediately release any other details.
Phoenix TV station KPHO reported that someone saw a head and knee sticking out of a suitcase.
Police said detectives are trying to determine what led to the woman’s death and locate any possible suspects in the case.