The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that ice on the road started a crash between a pickup truck and semi-truck that resulted in the death of Sylvia Guerra, 54, from Clarkdale on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The black pickup truck spun off the ice on the I-40 in Flagstaff into the right lane where the white semi-truck struck the black truck at a little after 7 a.m., according to department reports.
The department reported that none of the three occupants in the pickup truck were wearing their seat belts.
The other passengers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and were released from the hospital, safety officials reported. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.
According to the department, wearing a seat belt can be a vital step in protecting people's lives.
"Troopers believe a seat belt would have saved the deceased victim’s life," said Kameron Lee, spokesperson for the department.
The crash originally shutdown the part of the I-40 at the I-17 junction for three hours while officers were at the scene. The highways were reopened at 10 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.