DPS: Impairment suspected in wrong-way crash on I-10

Authorities say a wrong-way driver involved in a collision that closed eastbound Interstate 10 near Eloy for five hours is hospitalized in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Department of Public Safety officials say the crash happened Thursday morning at about 2:30 a.m. and involved a sport utility vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Capt. Damon Cecil says the wrong-way driver's westbound vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer rig. The truck's driver wasn't injured.

"A call was received of the wrong way driver colliding head-on with a commercial motor vehicle. Upon arrival troopers found the driver of the wrong way vehicle unresponsive with life-threatening injuries. The driver was evacuated by air to a hospital in Tucson where he is listed with critical life-threatening injuries," stated DPS' Raul Garcia.

Eloy is about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.