Driver who made U-turn on U.S. 60 killed in head-on crash

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- One person was killed when he made a U-turn on U.S. 60 and then collided with two other vehicles.

It happened at about 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 at Lindsay Road.

The Department of Public Safety said the man, who has not been identified, was heading east on U.S. 60 when for some unknown reason he made a U-turn. When he did, a semi that was right behind him clipped his vehicle. The man's car then collided head-on with another eastbound vehicle.

DPS officers on the scene said the man who made the U-turn was not wearing his seat belt. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. That person is expected to recover. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Investigators are trying to determine why the man made a U-turn on the freeway.

"Late at night, in the early hours of the morning, we do see a lot of impaired drivers," said DPS Officer Bob Bailey.

It's also possible that the man suffered from some kind of medical condition or perhaps simply became confused, Bailey said.

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 were closed for several hours but have since reopened.