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2 killed in wrong-way wreck on Phoenix freeway

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PHOENIX — Two people were killed early Tuesday morning in a fiery wrong-way accident on a Phoenix freeway.

Arizona highway patrol authorities said both drivers died in the wreck on westbound Loop 101 near 35th Avenue.

Traffic was shutdown at Interstate 17. It was reopened about 9:30 p.m.

Department of Public Safety Capt. Tim Mason said witnesses had called about a driver who might have been impaired shortly before the crash. The driver had been at a gas station, where others tried to stop him from getting behind the wheel.

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One of the vehicles caught fire after the crash.

No other details, including names of the victims, were immediately available.

The Arizona Department of Transportation had no timetable for reopening the freeway segment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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