UPDATE: Authorities revise total number dead in crash near Florence

UPDATE: Authorities revise total number dead in crash near Florence

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Officials have updated the number of people killed in a crash on State Route 79 south of Florence on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, eight people have died and three are in the hospital. DPS originally reported nine dead, two in the hospital.

One of those in the hospital is said to be in "extremely critial condition, according to the DPS.

Crash investigators say a southbound Buick crossed the center line and struck a northbound Chevy Suburban that had nine occupants. The crash happened just before 10 p.m. near milepost 122.

Nine people died Wednesday night, Sept. 19, in a head-on collision on SR-79 south of Florence.
Nine people died Wednesday night, Sept. 19, in a head-on collision on SR-79 south of Florence. (Google Maps)

Six of the people in the Suburban died. The three others were taken to hospitals for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Both occupants of the Buick died in the collision.

The highway remained closed until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Seven of the passengers in the Suburban were undocumented immigrants.

Authorities are working to notify the next of kin of all of the victims.

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