2 Injured in head-on wreck on Loop 303 in Surprise

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Loop 303 was shut down for a time in both directions just south of Grand Avenue in Surprise due to a head-on crash early Monday morning. Two people had to be extricated from their vehicles.

A white car reportedly was heading north on the 303 just after 5 a.m. when the driver crossed the center line and hit a southbound silver car head-on.

The 18-year-old driver of that white car suffered serious injuries and was air-lifted to John C. Lincoln North Hospital. According to Capt. Mike Morris of the Surprise Police Department, the young man was in critical condition and only semi-conscious when he was transported.

"He had multi-system trauma," Morris said.

A 79-year-old man who was behind the wheel the other car sustained less serious injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. He was in stable condition at the time.

"He was conscious the whole time," Morris said. "He was talking to paramedics."

At this point, it's not clear why the white car veered into opposite lane.

According to investigators with the Department of Public Safety, there were no skid marks on the roadway to indicate that the driver took any kind of evasive action. That leads them to believe the 18-year-old driver of the white car might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Loop 303 was closed for nearly two hours between Bell Road and Grand Avenue but has since reopened.