4 Hurt in wrong-way crash on I-10 outside PhoenixPosted: Updated:
Freeway closed for hours
4 taken to hospital in wrongway crash on I-10 outside Phoenix - A car heading the wrong way on Interstate 10 on the Gila River Indian Community caused a fiery wreck that sent four people to the hospital and shut down the freeway for hours.
PHOENIX -- A car heading the wrong way on Interstate 10 on the Gila River Indian Community caused a fiery wreck that sent four people to the hospital and shut down the freeway for hours.
According to the Department of Public Safety, their 911 lines lit up shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday. Callers reported a driver heading westbound into eastbound traffic.
Investigators believe that driver was extremely intoxicated. He clipped a truck and then plowed head-on into an oncoming semi truck, which burst into flames.
The alleged wrong-way driver, a Mexican national, is now being investigated for extreme DUI, which means it's possible his blood-alcohol content was more than 2.0, more than double the legal limit of .08.
Interstate 10 was closed in both directions for several hours. The westbound lanes were later opened, but the eastbound lanes remained closed for a bit longer. DPS was able to completely re-open that portion of the freeway by 7 a.m.
One of the four victims taken to the hospital was listed in extremely critical condition. The other three victims are expected to be OK.