Three dead, one hospitalized after multi-vehicle collision

The AZDPS is investigating a three-vehicle collision that left three dead and one hospitalized late Wednesday afternoon.

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A driver and both of her passengers were killed Wednesday evening after her car reportedly crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 191 and collided with a tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not seriously injured, but a driver in a third vehicle was flown to a Tucson hospital for treatment, according to a release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The crash occurred near Highway 266 at about 5:14 p.m.

Jennifer Lemons, 50, was northbound on U.S. Highway 191 when she reportedly crossed into the lane of a southbound tractor-trailer. The semi-truck attempted to avoid a head-on collision, and the Kia sedan Lemons was driving struck the rear portion of the semi-truck, causing it to jack-knife.

The Kia then collided with a Volkswagen sedan that was also southbound and was traveling behind the semi-truck. The driver of the sedan was airlifted to Tucson for treatment.

Lemons and her passengers, Tony Plantz, 57, and Teresa Hammond, 58, all died as a result of the crash. The AZDPS closed both northbound and southbound lanes for multiple hours to investigate the fatal crash.