Wrong-way driver blamed for crash on SR 143Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Northbound state Route 143 was closed from Interstate 10 to University Drive Monday morning because of a crash with injuries.
The crash was caused by a wrong-way driver, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Two cars collided head-on at approximately 2 a.m.
A green sedan was traveling southbound in the northbound traffic lanes of SR 143 at University Drive when it collided with a maroon sedan.
Both drivers were taken to Maricopa Medical Center with serious injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The drivers were conscious and speaking with officers.
The wrong-way driver has a suspended license for a previous DUI, according to Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
This is the latest crash in a series of crashes recently caused by wrong-way drivers.
"We have incidents that have been alcohol- and/or drug-related in the past involving wrong-way drivers," said Officer Hugh Grant with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "This particular collision is under investigation right now. We do get wrong-way drivers that are not impaired by the use of alcohol and drugs but do get confused."
Ramps from I-10 West to SR 143 and I-10 West to Broadway were also closed because of the crash.
The freeway reopened at about 6:30 a.m.
OPEN: SR 143 has reopened between I-10 and University. All related exit closures will be reopened shortly.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2014
I-10 West: SR 143 and Broadway exit ramps have reopened.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2014
I-10 West: The Sr 143 closure has I-10 West very slow from just north of US 60 to 40th Street. Other routes may save you time.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2014
Broadway Curve: Ramp closures at Broadway, SR 143 are creating congestion. Right lanes are moving slowly. Use caution in that area, please.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2014
SR 143 northbound remains closed, I-10 to University. I-10 West exits closed at SR 143 and Broadway. Extended closure expected.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 23, 2014