DPS: 2 people dead after wrong-way crash at the Mini-Stack

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Two people died from a wrong-way crash on SR 51 and I-10. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Two people died from a wrong-way crash on SR 51 and I-10. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A crash closed SR 51 southbound at McDowell. (Source: ADOT) A crash closed SR 51 southbound at McDowell. (Source: ADOT)
Both males were in separate vehicles. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Both males were in separate vehicles. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the accident. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the accident. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A third vehicle was involved but the driver suffered minor injuries. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A third vehicle was involved but the driver suffered minor injuries. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/ADOT) -

Two people are dead after a wrong-way crash Tuesday night on State Route 51 and Interstate 10, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Both victims were men in separate vehicles. A third vehicle was also hit by one of the vehicles. That driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, DPS said.

DPS identified the victim who was hit and killed head on by the wrong-way driver as 54-year-old Young Lee of Phoenix.

Southbound lanes of State Route 51 were closed for several hours at McDowell Road, because of the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

According to DPS, around 7:45 p.m., troopers received reports of a driver in a red sedan heading west in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 from Sky Harbor Airport.

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"Our troopers arrived in the area about three minutes later approximately, said DPS Trooper Kameron Lee. "It happens quickly you know people are thinking they're driving the correct direction and they're driving at freeway speed and they can travel a long distance in a short amount of time."

The driver then continued to go the wrong way on the southbound SR 51 HOV transition ramp, where he slammed head-on into a white sedan.

That driver was on the HOV ramp from the State Route 51 heading onto the I-10. The third vehicle was also heading south when it was hit.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Wrong-way Drivers]

A witness reported to DPS that they saw the red sedan swerving in and out before crashing, according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade.

[RAW VIDEO: DPS briefing on fatal wrong-way crash]

"We've seen too many of these in the past few years," said McDade. "This is just another tragic scene, it's just horrible when two cars at that high rate of speed, it's just a tragic scene out here."

[RAW VIDEO: Aerial views of wrong-way crash on SR 51 and I-10]

It is too early in the investigation to know if impairment was a factor, said McDade.

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