Wrong-way driver causes I-10 wreck, huge traffic backup

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Wrong-way driver possibly fleeing burglary scene before wreck - A wrong-way driver, possibly a burglary suspect, sparked a brutal wreck on Interstate 10 right in the middle of morning rush hour Wednesday.

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PHOENIX -- A wrong-way driver sparked a brutal wreck on Interstate 10 right in the middle of morning rush hour Wednesday.

It happened just after 7 a.m. in the westbound lanes at 52nd Street. An SUV going east in the westbound lanes slammed head-on into a tractor trailer. Part of the semi's load was dumped into the eastbound lanes of the freeway.

The SUV also sideswiped a car.

According to the Tempe Police Department, it started when officers responded to a burglary in progress. The two suspects fled that scene and ended up going the wrong way on the freeway.

A male suspect, identified as 18-year-old Andrew Frank Padilla, was driving and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. A female suspect, identified as 21-year-old Brittany Rose Doheny, was also transported with life-threatening injuries.

The semi driver, Timothy Brown, 49, was treated and released at the hospital and the driver of the sideswiped car was not injuried.