Wrong-way driver blamed for crash on SR 143



Posted on June 23, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 12:45 PM

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PHOENIX -- Northbound state Route 143 was closed from Interstate 10 to University Drive Monday morning because of a crash with injuries.

The crash was caused by a wrong-way driver, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Two cars collided head-on at approximately 2 a.m.

A green sedan was traveling southbound in the northbound traffic lanes of SR 143 at University Drive when it collided with a maroon sedan.

Both drivers were taken to Maricopa Medical Center with serious injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The drivers were conscious and speaking with officers.

The wrong-way driver has a suspended license for a previous DUI, according to Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

This is the latest crash in a series of crashes recently caused by wrong-way drivers.

"We have incidents that have been alcohol- and/or drug-related in the past involving wrong-way drivers," said Officer Hugh Grant with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "This particular collision is under investigation right now. We do get wrong-way drivers that are not impaired by the use of alcohol and drugs but do get confused."

Ramps from I-10 West to SR 143 and I-10 West to Broadway were also closed because of the crash.

The freeway reopened at about 6:30 a.m.