A man is in the hospital after an early morning single-vehicle crash that forced the Arizona Department of Transportation to shut down an off-ramp from northbound Interstate 17.
It happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. at milepost 227 -- Daisy Mountain Drive -- which is north of the Carefree Highway and Cloud Road.
[GET FREE PHOENIX TRAFFIC MOBILE APP: iOS | Android]
It’s early in the investigation, but the Department of Public Safety said it does not look like impairment was a factor although driver fatigue might have been.
The driver, a man in his late 20s or early 30s, was thrown from the vehicle when it hit some rough terrain at the exit’s gore point and flipped. It’s not clear how many times the car rolled.
The gore point is the triangular area between the freeway and entrance or exit ramps. It is illegal to "drive over or across ... any part of the gore area." (ARS §28-644)
At this point, investigators believe the driver self-corrected at the last minute to make the exit.
The driver was in serious condition when he was taken to the hospital. His prognosis was unclear.
The off-ramp for Exit 227 was closed while troopers conduct the on-scene portion of their investigation. It reopened at about 7:30 a.m.
I-17 northbound at Daisy Mountain: The exit has reopened. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/eErB6iD8WH— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 8, 2017
I-17 northbound at Daisy Mountain: The exit has reopened. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/eErB6iD8WH
I-17 NB at Daisy Mtn: Off-ramp is closed for a crash. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 8, 2017
I-17 NB at Daisy Mtn: Off-ramp is closed for a crash. #PhxTraffic
I-17 NB at Daisy Mtn: Watch for a crash on the off-ramp. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/fOAmUCvvPI— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 8, 2017
I-17 NB at Daisy Mtn: Watch for a crash on the off-ramp. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/fOAmUCvvPI
Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.