Deadly wrong-way crash shuts down I-10 at US-60

US 60 I-10 Wrong Way
Posted at 4:47 AM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 11:40:36-05

PHOENIX — A deadly wrong-way crash shut down a portion of Interstate 10 and US 60 in the Phoenix-Tempe area early Wednesday morning.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say a head-on crash occurred around 3:20 a.m. involving the wrong-way driver and a semi-truck.

The wreck occurred in the left lanes of westbound I-10 near the US-60 transition.

The semi-truck occupants were not injured, but the wrong-way driver in a Jeep Renegade was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified as 27-year-old Sergio Gutierrez-Vasquez of Tempe.

Four other drivers struck debris at the crash site, causing non-life-threatening injuries to one other driver, DPS says.

Gutierrez-Vasquez is believed to have traveled in the wrong direction up to a few miles, with multiple callers reporting the wrong-way driver before the crash. It's not yet known where he entered the freeway.

Traffic on westbound I-10 was blocked for several hours with the closure impacting morning rush-hour traffic. It reopened around 8 a.m.

A portion of US 60 was also shut down for some time due to the crash but reopened before 5 a.m.

No further information was immediately available.