TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - The Loop 202 freeway in Tempe has reopened following a possible wrong-way crash.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says two people have been hospitalized following a possible wrong-way crash along the eastbound lanes of the Loop 202 just past Van Buren.
DPS says a white Ford Mustang was facing the wrong direction in the HOV lane when it was struck passenger side to passenger side by an SUV.
"The SUV struck that Mustang head-on, kind of passenger side to passenger side," Trooper Kameron Lee said. "As you can see behind us, the damage is pretty significant to both vehicles."
It is unknown if the Mustang was traveling in the wrong direction prior to the crash, or if it was stationary, according to DPS. There were no reports of a wrong-way driver along the freeway prior to the crash.
"The Mustang, in some fashion, was actually facing the wrong way here on the 202," Trooper Lee said. "What we don't know is if he was driving the wrong way, or if he was facing the wrong way as a result of incident just prior."
Crash on the 202 just pass Van Buren. Two people transported one with life-threatening injuries.202 will be completely shut down. You’ll have use SR 143 pic.twitter.com/iilRhd513j— Brian Acosta (@BAcostaFox10) November 30, 2017
The driver of the Mustang was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries.
The eastbound Loop 202 has reopened at State Route 143.
@ArizonaDOT is now opening the eastbound lanes of Loop 202 Red Mountain.— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) November 30, 2017