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3 accidents, 1 dead in metro Phoenix rush-hour traffic

PHOENIX — A trio of traffic accidents, one of them deadly, made the early Monday morning commute difficult.

A pedestrian was hit by a car near northbound Interstate 17 and Jomax Road. Three lanes of the freeway were shut down but by 6:30 a.m. had been reopened.

A wrong-way driver crash on State Route 143 north shut down the highway at Interstate 10 to University Drive. One driver who had to be
extricated from his vehicle and has been hospitalized in serious condition, the a second driver was hospitalized with serious leg injuries. Both drivers were expected to survive. The crash led to SR 143 from Interstate 10 and Broadway Road being shut down
for several hours; however, the Arizona Department of Transportation tweeted out at 6:25 a.m. that all lanes were reopened.

DPS spokesman Raul Garcia said the driver going the wrong direction had been driving with a
license that was suspended due to a previous DUI.

Downtown Phoenix had its own accident to handle when a train derailed near Seventh and Washington streets. Five rail cars turned over but none contained hazardous material. Seventh was closed from Jefferson Street to Buckeye Road.

No other details were immediately available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.