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4 hurt as wrong-way driver causes head-on crash on I-17

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Four people were hurt, two critically, after another wrong-way, head-on crash on a Valley freeway. (Source: CBS 5 News) Four people were hurt, two critically, after another wrong-way, head-on crash on a Valley freeway. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers rushed to catch a wrong-way driver on Interstate 17 in Phoenix late Wednesday night, but were unable to stop a head-on collision that sent four people to the hospital, two in critical condition.

Dispatchers received about 20 calls reporting the wrong-way driver before the crash at 10:30 p.m. at I-17 and Thomas Road, DPS spokesman Carrick Cook said. The driver entered the freeway at Seventh Street.

The driver, a man in his 60s, was believed to have been driving while impaired, Cook said.

A DPS officer tried to ram the errant car going south near McDowell Road, but the driver was able to evade the officer before sideswiping a white passenger car with two people inside, Cook said.

The man's car later collided head-on with a Lexus sedan, critically injuring the 30-year-old woman driver.

The wrong-way driver also suffered critical injuries, Cook said.

All four people were taken to hospitals, Cook said.

A blood sample from the driver was collected at the scene and was sent to the DPS crime lab for processing, Cook said.

Depending on those results, the driver could face aggravated assault charges, Cook said.

The collision closed southbound I-17 until about 4:30 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Wednesday night's crash was the latest in a series of wrong-way, head-on collisions on Valley freeways this year, many of which resulted in death.

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