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Driver killed in collision; vehicle went under rig’s trailer

December 27, 2019 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man was killed Thursday in Phoenix when the SUV he was driving collided with a commercial truck and ended up underneath the big rig’s trailer with its top sheared off, police said.

The SUV was northbound on 27th Avenue just north of Interstate 10 around 6:15 a.m. when the accident occurred, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

The smaller vehicle struck the big rig, which was leaving a parking lot on the east side of the road to head south on 27. The SUV’s 32-year-old driver, Jairo Quinonez, was killed.

Police did not identify the 45-year-old man who was driving the truck. He was not injured in the accident and remained at the scene.

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Officers evaluated the truck driver and determined he was not impaired while driving, Thompson said.

He said they believe speed may have been a factor in the collision, but he did not elaborate.