Wrong-way driver crash closes portion of I-17

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It's an all too familiar story here in the valley, another bad accident caused by a wrong-way driver.
 
The latest accident happened on Interstate 17 near the Greenway Road exit. DPS troopers say the woman who caused it was likely driving under the influence.
 
Northbound I-17 was shut down for several hours while troopers investigated the collision.
 
"We saw some headlights coming towards us, we jumped in the other lane," said Mark Dickerman.
 
Dickerman was traveling in the northbound lanes when he saw a vehicle being driven by a 37-year-old woman driving the wrong-way ahead of him.
 
"I was just scared because my wife is pregnant," he said.
 
DPS says the woman entered the I-17 at Bell Road going the wrong way, she reached speeds of up to 70 miles per hour and traveled a mile before she slammed head-on into an 18-year-old man's vehicle driving in the HOV lane.
 
"We called 911 right away when we saw her coming at us, and that's when we started attending to them," said Dickerman.
 
Both the man and the woman were taken to area hospitals in stable condition. DPS says the woman is likely to face several charges including DUI once released from the hospital.
 
Troopers recommend motorists avoid the HOV lane at night if possible, as that is the lane where the majority of wrong-way crashes occur.
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