PHOENIX - A serious crash on Interstate 10 in Phoenix caused a huge backup for drivers on Thursday morning.
The wreck occurred on westbound I-10 at 79th Avenue around 6:30 a.m., according to authorities.
Lanes were blocked and several vehicles were stopped on the freeway.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said westbound I-10 reopened around 10:15 a.m. after the wreck involving a big rig and a car.
According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves, the crash happened when a Mercedes passenger car was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and ended up in the median near 75th Avenue. The vehicle re-entered the freeway and collided with the semi truck near 79th Avenue which then ended up in the dirt median.
Graves said the Mercedes continued for approximately a quarter mile before the driver stopped.
The driver had serious injuries and a female passenger had minor injuries, according to Graves. Both were transported to the hospital. A second passenger in the car and the truck driver were not injured.
The female passenger reportedly told officers she had been kidnapped, but Graves later said her claim was untrue.
Graves said the driver of the Mercedes will eventually be booked on charges of DUI, endangerment and criminal damage.
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