Wrong-way crash kills 2 on State Route 51 near McDowell Road

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 20:48:58-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation is identifying the victim killed in a wrong-way crash that closed part of a Phoenix freeway earlier this week.

The state Department of Public Safety says the wrong-way driver and another driver were killed Tuesday evening in a collision on the ramp from southbound State Route 51 to eastbound Interstate 10. The third driver then was injured in a subsequent collision.

Police identified the victim as 54-year-old Young Lee of Phoenix. They have not released the name of the wrong-way driver yet.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the southbound SB 51 reopened Wednesday morning.

Identities weren't released. The incident is under investigation.

It comes just days after another wrong-way crash in which a Phoenix man driving the wrong way on a different freeway ramp was killed early Thursday morning when his car collided with a truck and then fell onto a ramp below.

Gov. Doug Ducey released the following statment after the 17th wrong-way crash on Valley freeways this year: 

"I have specifically ordered that the planned launch of thermal camera detection technology be expedited. I want those cameras implemented as quickly as possible, and expanded to as many areas as possible where they may make a difference and save a life. We also need to take some immediate actions to increase enforcement and public awareness. All of this needs to be done in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies."