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DPS: Man killed in wrong-way crash on SR-202 near Elliot Road

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.