ELOY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two people are dead after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, according to DPS. That's south of Eloy, about 40 miles northwest of Tucson. It happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of the freeway.
A Chevy Sedan was traveling in the wrong lanes eastbound on I-10 when it struck a Hyundai Sedan head-on. The driver of the Chevy was later identified as 30-year-old Ernesto Molina of Tucson. The driver of the Hyundai was identified as 50-year-old Kimberly Skelley, also from Tucson. Both Molina and Skelley died in the crash.
Two cars were involved. The eastbound lanes of I-10 were closed in that area, and all traffic was being forced to exit at Picacho Peak. Traffic was backed up for miles, and ADOT warned drivers to expect long delays.
The freeway reopened just before 9:30 p.m.
There's a growing backup on I-10 EB near Picacho Peak Road (mp 219) due to a serious crash (freeway closed at mp 222). Please postpone travel or use alternate routes to points south.Check your route before heading out with AZ 511 and ADOT Alerts apps: https://t.co/kUvoqCgy3s pic.twitter.com/RvKdF6qxsw— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 15, 2021
I-10 EB remains closed at Picacho Peak Road due to a serious crash at mp 222; there is a growing backup, too. ALL traffic on I-10 must exit at Picacho Peak Road. We strongly encourage you to postpone travel on I-10 EB; if you must go to Tucson, SR 79 is your best bet. pic.twitter.com/LH73Bade53— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 16, 2021
I-10 EB is closed as troopers investigate a wrong-way fatal collision at milepost 222. All traffic must exit at Picacho Peak (exit 219). Please delay travel or seek an alternate route. #AZTroopers #CourteousVigilance pic.twitter.com/gHMft3vAMT— Dept. of Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) September 15, 2021