The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that the accident occurred at about noon Friday and closed U.S. 93 in both directions at milepost 193. A Toyota Camry driven by an 80-year-old Wickenburg resident, veered left of center and struck a Smart Car traveling northbound. A Ford F-150 traveling behind the Smart Car was also involved in the crash.
The driver of the Smart Car was pronounced dead at the scene. A 34-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to a Valley hospital. Two of the five passengers riding in the F-150 pickup truck were also injured.
The accident occurred just north of Wickenburg, according to the Arizona Republic. Northbound traffic on the road, which is popular with drivers traveling to and from Las Vegas, was routed to State Route 89; southbound traffic was routed to State Route 71.
Also on Friday, two motorists were injured and two dogs were killed in a Green Valley, Arizona car accident. A Ford Excursion blew a tire on I-19 and hit a car before leaving the road. The vehicle crashed through brush, over a fence and across the West Frontage Road before coming to a stop.
The driver, a 53-year-old Phoenix man, was flown to a Tucson hospital in serious condition. A woman in the vehicle was also transported to the hospital with injuries. Two other passengers in the vehicle were treated at the scene. Two of five chihuahuas died in the accident.