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Two people were killed in an apparent wrong-way crash at the transition ramp between southbound State Route 51 and the eastbound Interstate 10 stack on Tuesday evening, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

Both of those killed were drivers in two separate vehicles, which crashed head-on, according to Capt. Rob McDade of the Phoenix Fire Department.

A third person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, McDade said.

The crash closed southbound SR 51 at the transition ramp to eastbound I-10, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Traffic was being forced to exit at westbound I-10 or onto Loop 202, ADOT said.

There was no estimated time to reopen the freeway, ADOT said. 

The crash was under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and further details were not immediately available.

The crash comes on the heels of two wrong-way crashes on freeways just last week and other incidents this year.

A man was killed in an early-morning wrong-way collision after hitting a commercial truck head-on and tumbling off Interstate 17 on June 1. The driver of the commercial truck wasn’t hurt.

Another wrong-way driver caused five collisions along U.S. 60 in Mesa on Memorial Day.

Trent S. Walker, 32, was suspected of being impaired and later told police he had consumed between 15 and 20 gel tablets of cough medicine. No injuries were reported in any of the collisions.

In April, two Grand Canyon University students were among three people killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 17 near Greenway Road.

ADOT officials have said they are working to install sensors in select areas of Phoenix-area freeways, which officials say will help them monitor traffic more efficiently and send out alerts of a potential wrong-way vehicle to state troopers.


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