PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Two Tempe officers were involved in a wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in Phoenix early Monday morning.
The crash happened on northbound SR-51 near Indian School Road around 1:45 a.m.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a red Chevrolet Corvette was heading southbound in the northbound lanes while two Tempe police officers were driving northbound in separate marked vehicles. DPS says a 27-year-old man from Ohio was behind the wheel of the Corvette, but they have not released his name.
The Tempe Police Department said in a statement that an on-duty sergeant and on-duty officer were traveling into Phoenix to conduct a follow-up to a missing person's investigation.
"Neither the Tempe Police Sergeant nor the Tempe Police Officer were traveling with their emergency lights and sirens activated and were not pursuing, following or participating in any emergency driving,"according to Tempe police.
The red Corvette collided head-on with the Tempe police sergeant's vehicle, causing a domino effect into the second officer's vehicle.
"This could have been a lot worse," said Trooper Jonathan Montes, With AZDPS. "This driver could have kept on going and who knows what would have happened. Not only did he put himself in danger, but everybody else on the roadway."
"We're very fortunate and thankful that both of these officers only sustained minor injuries," said Montes. "Even the driver of the wrong way vehicle sustained serious injuries, but they are non life threatening.
DPS said the two Tempe officers were hurt in the crash. The sergeant suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the officer had minor injuries. They were both transported to a local hospital. The Tempe Police Department said they are not releasing the names of the two officers who are still receiving medical treatment.
The driver of the Corvette suffered injuries that are serious but not life-threatening, according to DPS.
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DPS said impairment might be a factor in the collision, but the investigation is ongoing. They haven't said where the driver may have entered the wrong way on the freeway.
All northbound lanes of SR-51 were closed at the Mini-Stack while DPS investigated. They were reopened around 6:30 a.m. The southbound lanes were briefly closed, but have also reopened.
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