DPS: Wrong-way driver arrested in crash that killed 3 people on I-10 near Quartzsite

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Authorities have arrested a wrong-way driver who caused a fatal wreck that shut down a 14-mile section of westbound Interstate 10 in western Arizona for hours Saturday.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Dana Michael Cavanaugh, 49 of Washington, Utah was booked on homicide charges. 

DPS spokesman Raul Garcia says the wreck occurred Saturday on westbound I-10 near Quartzsite when a vehicle used an exit ramp to enter the freeway and then collided with another vehicle about 500 feet (152 meters) from the exit ramp. 

The three occupants of the victim vehicle were pronounced dead.

DPS officials say the three women killed in the crash were from the Riverside, California area. Their ages ranged from 31 to 55. 

The wrong-way driver was taken to a hospital and was later arrested. 

According to Garcia, "impairment has not been ruled out."

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The roadway was finally reopened around 7:30 p.m.

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