SACATON — A 58-year-old Casa Grande man was killed when the van he was driving collided with a semi-truck on State Route 87 near Sacaton Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The deceased was identified by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Friday as John Fillion.
According to DPS, the two-vehicle collision at 2:13 p.m. occurred on SR 87 at the intersection with State Route 187 on the Gila River Indian Community.
DPS said a Ford van entered the intersection from SR 187 and was struck by the semi, which was traveling south on SR 87. Fillion, the driver of the van, was dead at the scene and the driver of the semi was not injured. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
DPS said both drivers were wearing seat belts.
State Route 87 was closed for more than two hours at the scene in both directions, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported. Traffic was rerouted on SR 187 and State Route 387. The highway was reopened at 4:40 p.m.