911 tapes released in June deadly wrong-way crash

Posted at 9:03 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 01:26:20-04

It's no secret that wrong-way driving has become an epidemic in Arizona.

ABC15 pulled 911 calls from one deadly crash to understand how it unfolded.

June 1 2:45 a.m.

Dispatchers were flooded with calls from drivers, reporting a car that "flew off the highway."

911 recording:

"911, what's your emergency? I just saw a car fly off the freeway," said on caller.

"I was turning and I saw a vehicle just fly off like it literally landed and I thought I was going to get hit," said another.

"It's a black 4-door car with one headlight and he almost just hit a pick-up truck head on, he had to swerve," said another.

The wrong-way driver died in this accident. The man driving the pickup truck lived. Dozens of people witnessed the horrific crash.

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 1,119 wrong way driving incidents have been reported in 2017 and that number is trending up from years past.