ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona troopers stop 2 wrong-way drivers on Phoenix freeway

Mar 1, 2017, 12:29 PM
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)...
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)

PHOENIX — Arizona state troopers stopped two wrong-way drivers on the same Phoenix-area freeway in a 20-minute span early Wednesday.

There were no serious injuries but a trooper’s vehicle was damaged when one of the wrong-way cars on State Route 51 hit it while trying to get around the trooper.

“He stopped for a brief stint, then started to go again and the collided with one of our patrol vehicles,” Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robert Phillips said.

That driver had been heading south on the Piestewa Freeway in north lanes after he had already been driving against traffic on Loop 101 near Scottsdale at 64th Street.

The other driver was stopped at Northern Avenue after he went south on the freeway, realized his mistake and made a U-turn to get off the road.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Verde Valley Fire District)...
KTAR.com

Arizona firefighter-paramedic dies of COVID-19 complications

Tyrone Bell, an Arizona firefighter/paramedic, died Monday from COVID-19 complications, the Verde Valley Fire District announced.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Screenshot/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
Associated Press

MCSO Deputy Juan Ruiz remembered for achieving his dream

A Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy who died after being beaten by a suspect was remembered Tuesday as man who lived his dream to protect and serve.
15 hours ago
Gila River Hotels & Casinos held a groundbreaking ceremony for its fourth metro Phoenix venue, Sant...
Kevin Stone

Gila River tribe breaks ground on 4th Valley casino: Santan Mountain

Gila River Hotels & Casinos held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for its fourth metro Phoenix venue and unveiled the project's name: Santan Mountain.
15 hours ago
(Getty Images/Joshua Lott)...
KTAR.com

$1M unclaimed Powerball ticket sold in Arizona set to expire next month

In less than a month, a $1 million Powerball ticket purchased in Scottsdale will expire unless the player who bought the ticket claims it, officials said.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
Danny Shapiro

Watch: Services for MCSO deputy killed in line of duty

Watch Tuesday's memorial service for Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Juan "Johnny" Ruiz, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
15 hours ago
(Musical Instrument Museum/Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum hosts programs for youth and adults

KTAR's community spotlight this month focuses on Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum and the classes it offers for youths and adults.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Arizona troopers stop 2 wrong-way drivers on Phoenix freeway