DPS: 4 injured in wrong-way crash on Interstate 17

PHOENIX - Department of Public Safety officials say four people were injured after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 17 Wednesday night.

The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. at I-17 and Thomas Road.

Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook said officers received several 911 calls about a wrong-way driver going northbound in the southbound lanes of I-17 near 7th Avenue.

Cook said patrol officers immediately responded and one officer was in a position to ram the wrong-way vehicle near McDowell Road. The wrong-way vehicle was able to get around the officer as he tried to stop the vehicle by ramming it. 

According to Cook, the wrong-way vehicle eventually sideswiped a white passenger car with two people inside.

A Lexus passenger car was then hit head-on causing serious injuries to the 30-year-old female driver.

Cook said the wrong-way driver, a male in his 60s, was also critically injured. All four people involved in the crashes, sideswipe and head-on collision were transported to local hospitals,

DPS officials believe impairment may be a factor. Cook said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle is facing aggravated assault and other various criminal charges. 

Cook said in the event someone passes away as a result of the crash, those charges could be upgraded to homicide.




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