ELOY, Ariz. - Authorities say a wrong-way driver involved in a collision that closed eastbound Interstate 10 near Eloy for five hours is hospitalized in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Department of Public Safety officials say the crash happened Thursday morning at about 2:30 a.m. and involved a sport utility vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Capt. Damon Cecil says the wrong-way driver's westbound vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer rig. The truck's driver wasn't injured.
"A call was received of the wrong way driver colliding head-on with a commercial motor vehicle. Upon arrival troopers found the driver of the wrong way vehicle unresponsive with life-threatening injuries. The driver was evacuated by air to a hospital in Tucson where he is listed with critical life-threatening injuries," stated DPS' Raul Garcia.
Eloy is about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.
E/B I-10 closed due to serious crash. Exit MP 211 use frontage to MP 219 Picacho Peak. Closure est for 3 hours. Drive slow poor lighting.— Damon Cecil, PIO (@dps_pio_cecil) March 17, 2016
I-10 eastbound near Pichacho is closed at milepost 212, due to a crash. Traffic is detoured on the frontage road, but expect delays.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) March 17, 2016