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2 dead, 2 hurt in Ariz. wrong-way accident; 3rd fatal wrong-way collision in Phoenix area in 1 week


MESA, Ariz. — Two people are dead and two others were injured following a head-on collision, making it the third fatal wrong-way accident on a Phoenix-area freeway in a week.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle collided in the eastbound lanes of Loop 202 San Tan Freeway in Mesa shortly before 2 a.m. today.

Garcia says a 911 call reported the driver heading westbound around 1:35 a.m. DPS units and police from Mesa and Gilbert tried to intercept the truck before it crashed less than 15 minutes later.

Garcia says the driver and passenger in the car going the correct direction were killed.

The truck’s driver was seriously hurt and a passenger had non-life-threatening injuries.

DPS has closed the freeway in both directions.

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