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2 injured, early-morning wreck closes Loop 202 at State Route 143

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PHOENIX — Two people were injured, one critically, early Thursday in a wreck that shut down a freeway in the suburbs east of Phoenix.

The crash on Loop 202 at Priest Drive closed the roadway at State Route 143 on the Tempe-Phoenix border around 3:40 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said one of the victims had been ejected from a car and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries; the other suffered less serious injuries.

Authorities said a white Ford Mustang facing west in the eastbound HOV lane on the freeway near Van Buren Street when an SUV hit it.

The collision was not head-on, but the impact of sent the driver of the Mustang flying out of the car.

Initially, the crash blocked three lanes, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

Authorities were investigating. The closure was expected to last through the morning commute.

No other details were immediately available.

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