GOODYEAR, Ariz. - A fatal crash involving an apparent wrong-way driver has resulted in the closure of Interstate 10 near Estrella Parkway. According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of the car slammed into a Greyhound bus.
DPS says westbound car's female driver was pronounced dead at the scene and 13 passengers on the eastbound bus were transported to hospitals for treatment of injuries described as non-life threatening.
"We had a great number of troopers that were responding at the scene to try and intercept the wrong-way driver, unfortunately, what occurred was that the vehicle got about to Sarival and went head-on with the Greyhound bus," said DPS Captain Tim Mason.
Officials say the bus was carrying 35 passengers and the driver and was en route to Phoenix from San Bernardino, California, when the wreck occurred Friday morning at about 2:30 a.m..
During the investigation, I-10 eastbound was closed one mile past Loop 303 and traffic was re-entering the freeway at Estrella. Westbound lanes were unaffected.
Greyhound representative Lanesha Gipson says another bus took uninjured passengers to Phoenix to finish or continue their travel.
"The driver of the passenger vehicle (deceased) was Sarah Castillo-Cornejo, 24, from Peoria, AZ. The investigation is on-going and impairment is suspected," stated DPS' Quentin Mehr.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Traffic Alert: EB I-10 at SR 303 closed due to fatal collision. Traffic being routed onto NB SR 303. No ETA for reopening.— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) November 25, 2016