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US 93 most dangerous highway in country, according to study

Posted at 5:41 AM, Jul 27, 2018

It's a popular road you take to drive from Las Vegas to Phoenix, but the U.S. 93 has another title: the most dangerous highway in the country. 

That's according to the consumer website, Value Penguin. The site ranked roads by looking at federal crash data, including the overall number of people killed and crashes that didn't involve other vehicles. 

Between 2010 and 2016, there were 70 deadly crashes on the highway with 90 fatalities, according to data. 

The study shows that U.S. 93 is the fourth worst highway for emergency medical service wait times, behind two highways in Texas and one in Alabama. The median EMS wait time for U.S. 93 is 21 minutes. 

The site says U.S. 93 between Wickenburg and the Hoover Dam, especially the stretch in Mohave County, is considered the worst. 

However, that stretch of road is also where construction on the first phase of Interstate 11 will begin. The Arizona Department of Transportation has spent nearly half a billion dollars over the past decade widening the highway and parts, if not all, are expected to become part of I-11. 

ADOT says the investment doesn't make a road safe or unsafe. In a statement, the department says it's driver behavior that accounts for 94 percent of all crashes. 

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Some of those deadly crashes include along U.S. 93 include one almost exactly a year ago, involving two Chandler Unified staff members who were killed, another involving a sedan hitting a pick-up truck head-on in December 2017 and one that left two people dead and three injured from a half-dozen cars

Closer to Las Vegas, four died in July 2016 in a crash involving a Dallas Cowboys bus outside of Kingman. 

Arizona's Interstate 10 and SR-95 also ranked among the country's most dangerous highways, coming in at numbers 12 and 33.