MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A fiery wrong-way crash shut down State Route 347 south of Maricopa Wednesday night.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a pickup truck was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-347 around 8 p.m.

The pickup truck then collided head-on with an SUV near Miller Road.

[VIDEO: Wrong-way driver causes fiery crash near Maricopa]

DPS said everyone was able to get out before both vehicles became engulfed in flames.

The driver of the SUV, a 32-year-old woman, and three children, ages 15, 12 and 9, were taken to a local hospital with injuries. At least one of the victims was airlifted from the scene.

The woman has since been released from the hospital.

[MAP: Arizona wrong-way incidents in 2019]

DPS said the wrong-way driver of the pickup truck, a 26-year-old man, is being investigated for impairment.

SR-347 was shut down in both directions in the Maricopa area. DPS said the roadway was reopened around 11 p.m.

[MAP: SR 347 and Miller Road]

The scene is about 50 minutes south of Phoenix.


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Photo enforcement has an overall calming effect on traffic. Have you ever noticed how people drive when there is a cop car around? It's the same concept and positively influences driver behavior beyond just speed. Besides, how could it hurt (unless you don't want to be held accountable for your driving behavior...)


Bring back photo enforcement.


How would that help? Photo enforcement was just for speeding, red-light

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