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Man driving wrong-way car killed in collision with big rig

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-04 13:04:23-05

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a man driving a car the wrong way on the South Mountain Freeway in metro Phoenix is dead following a collision with a large truck.

The DPS says the crash occurred early Saturday morning in the Elliot Road area soon after the agency started receiving 911 calls about the wrong-way vehicle.

The dead driver's identity wasn't released but the DPS said he was a 31-year-old man.

According to the DPS, there were no passengers in the wrong-way vehicle and the truck's driver was not injured.

Southbound lanes of the freeway was closed for about six hours.