1 killed after wrong-way driver crashes into DPS vehicle, 2 others on Loop 202

Posted at 12:08 PM, Nov 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-27 07:45:03-05

TEMPE — One person has died after a wrong-way driver hit multiple vehicles, including a Department of Public Safety unit, on Loop 202 in Tempe Thursday morning.

DPS troopers initially received reports of a wrong-way driver going eastbound in the westbound lanes of Loop 202 near McClintock Drive just after 11 a.m.

The wrong-way vehicle initially struck a DPS unit and another car. No one was hurt in that crash.

The driver then continued on and caused a second head-on crash with another vehicle, resulting in serious injuries. On Friday, DPS announced a passenger in the wrong-way vehicle died.

A DPS spokesman said a motorcycle rider was also taken to the hospital after crashing into another vehicle on an on-ramp near the wrong-way crash scene.

ADOT video from the area showed the motorcycle crash into the back of a truck that had slowed near the wrong-way scene. DPS confirmed the rider was transported but they did not know the extent of the person's injuries.

Loop 202 westbound was closed at Loop 101 for over two hours as crews cleared the crash scenes. The roadway was reopened around 2 p.m.