LAVEEN, Ariz. - The Department of Public Safety says one person has died following a wrong-way crash on the new South Mountain Freeway near Laveen.
911 calls came into the DPS office before 3:00 a.m. of a driver traveling north in the southbound lanes of State Route 202 near Ray Road.
DPS says a collision involving a second vehicle happened near Elliot Road leaving.
The wrong-way driver was killed in the crash. He was identifies as 31-year-old Josafath Rubio-Hernandez. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators have not ruled out impairment as a factor in the crash.
The southbound lanes of SR-202 near Elliot Road have reopened.
In a statement about the crash on the new highway, the Arizona Department of Transportation said, "Wrong-way detection is planned for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, to be completed with the addition of intelligent transportation system technology that includes installing."
The investigation is ongoing.