Wrong-way driver killed in crash near Flagstaff

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A man was killed when the vehicle he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 crashed off the highway, according to Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

It happened just after 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning at milepost 190, west of Flagstaff.

Eric Samuel Weckwerth, 39, of Black Canyon City, was driving a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-40.

The vehicle left the main traffic lanes of Interstate 40 on the 190J on-ramp for A-1 Mountain Road.

It traveled uphill through the vegetated portion of the on-ramp gore area and struck the west concrete barrier wall of A-1 Mountain Rd. That caused the vehicle to travel into the air and over the wall.

The vehicle slid across A-1 Mountain Rd. and struck the guardrail along the east side of the road.

The vehicle continued over the guardrail and rolled down the vegetated embankment of the westbound I-40 off-ramp and landed on all four wheels.

Weckwerth was pronounced dead at the scene.

Impairment may have been a factor.

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