PAYSON, Ariz. - A vehicle crossed the center line of State Route 87 north of Payson, starting a chain-reaction collision in which three people were killed Friday night, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
A white Ford truck heading southbound had crossed the center line on April 16, colliding first with two oncoming vehicles near milepost 259. The wrong-way driver then hit another white truck driving south, sending it careening across the northbound lanes and down a hill in a nearby canyon.
Officials say a passenger in the wrong-way truck, identified as 54-year-old Georgia Marie Burnside from Payson, died in the crash.
A San Tan Valley mother and 15-year-old son were in the second white truck, officials said. The mother, identified as 38-year-old Latissia Morris, was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital in critical condition, but did not survive. Her son, Aden, was ejected from the truck during the crash and also died from his injuries.
The alleged wrong-way driver, a 49-year-old Scottsdale man, was seriously injured and was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment.
David Duncan, 49
He's identified as James David Duncan. He was arrested on Tuesday, April 20.
DPS says he is facing charges for three counts of manslaughter, five counts of endangerment and DUI. Duncan was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.
No one else was hurt, and the crash is still under investigation.
Payson is 70 miles (112 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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