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Deadly wrong-way accident closes freeway south of Phoenix

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PHOENIX – A wrong-way driver smashed into another car on a freeway outside of Phoenix late Sunday, killing one person, authorities said.

The 11:40 p.m. crash shut down southbound State Route 347 near the city of Maricopa.

The driver was heading north and hit the other vehicle head-on, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in an email early Monday.

The driver of the second car was pronounced dead at a hospital; the wrong-way driver suffered serious injuries.

Traffic was exiting at Riggs Road.

The roadway was reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

No other details were immediately available.

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