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Wrong-way accident closes part of I-10 outside of Phoenix

A wrong-way driver crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 outside of Phoenix early Thursday morning, seriously injuring at least one person, highway authorities said.

Eastbound lanes were shut down near Eloy, which is about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix and 50 miles north of Tucson, for several hours, starting around 2:30 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the accident involved a vehicle traveling westbound in eastbound
lanes. The driver of the car was in critical condition.

Traffic was being directed off the road at milepost 210, which is in the Picacho area, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

A detour along the frontage road allowed drivers to get around the closure.

Westbound I-10 was never affected by the shutdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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