Teen driver involved in wrong-way crash on SB Loop 101 in Tempe

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A crash involving a wrong-way driver caused a huge traffic backup on southbound Loop 101 at Guadalupe Road in Tempe Monday morning. 

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According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the crash and debris blocked several lanes for a couple hours.

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The crash involved several vehicles including a minivan that was driving the wrong way. 

ADOT officials added that traffic was backed up for two miles after the incident. 

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the wrong-way driver was a teenage girl. 

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DPS officials said the 16-year-old girl was driving northbound in the southbound lanes just before 9 a.m.

The first caller to 911 spotted the wrong-way minivan near Warner Road.

The teenage driver then clipped a passenger car driven by a 37-year-old man.

The minivan continued to drive for about another 800 feet until finally coming to a stop up against the wall. 

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The man in the passenger car and the teenage girl taken to the hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries. 

Investigators looking to see if impairment or the driver’s inexperience were factors in the crash. 

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