A Tucson woman died after the truck she was driving struck another vehicle and rolled on Interstate 19 between Nogales and Rio Rico on Sunday.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 42-year-old Anna P. Rodriguez was the driver of a Ford Ranger that tried to pass an Infiniti sedan on the left shoulder of northbound I-19 just south of Exit 12 at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Ranger collided with the Infiniti and rolled over into the median as three of its occupants were ejected. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The southbound lanes of I-19 were closed for nearly two hours as a result of the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Last Thursday night, a 19-year-old woman from Rio Rico was taken to a hospital with minor injuries  following a six-car crash on northbound Interstate 19 between Pima Mine and Papago roads in Sahuarita.

DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr said the driver of a Mercedes rear-ended another car around 5:15 p.m. and a chain reaction started. Ultimately, six vehicles were involved and the inside lane of traffic was blocked for awhile.

The injured teenager was treated at the hospital and released.

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