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Wrong-way crash on Interstate-17 diverts all area’s southbound traffic

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PHOENIX — A wrong-way collision on Interstate 17 near McDowell Road forced all nearby traffic to exit at Thomas Road on Wednesday night, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Around 7:41 p.m., law enforcement first responded to calls of a serious crash near Thomas Road, the Arizona Department of Public Safety told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email.

The road was closed until around 12:45 a.m.

A 45-year-old male was reported to be driving a Suzuki hatchback northbound in the southbound lanes, when he collided with a Ford truck with two occupants, according to authorities.

The wrong-way driver was reported to have sustained serious injuries while those in the truck are said to have been transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Impairment is being investigated as a factor in the crash.

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