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Four people injured in wrong-way crash on I-17 near Black Canyon City

Posted at 5:10 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 20:18:44-05

Four people were taken to the hospital on Sunday evening, some with serious injuries, after a wrong-way driver and another vehicle collided on Interstate 17, north of Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS said it received a report around 10 p.m. of a Dodge Dakota Pickup traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-17 near milepost 250, between Sunset Point and Black Canyon City. Three miles later, DPS was alerted to a head-on crash involving the truck and a Jeep Liberty.

DPS said the three people inside the Jeep Liberty -- a male driver and two female passengers -- were taken to the hospital with injuries. One of the females had to be cut out of the vehicle and flown via helicopter to the hospital, according to DPS.

In a tweet, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical said multiple patients were "transported with very serious injuries."

DPS said the wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital and his injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening. DPS said it would not release any info about the alleged wrong-way driver's identity or potential charges until he was released from the hospital.

Impairment is suspected in the crash, DPS said.

Delays were initially reported along I-17 in the area, but the road has since reopened, according to ADOT.