Wrong-way driver on Grand Ave. causes multiple injuries - East Valley Tribune: West Valley

Wrong-way driver on Grand Ave. causes multiple injuries

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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:06 pm

A motorist traveling eastbound on Grand Avenue near Loop 303 at about 7 a.m. Tuesday collided head-on into another vehicle, causing serious injuries to numerous parties involved.

The four-vehicle accident occurred when a 17-year-old motorist driving a green 2000 Ford Expedition, for an unknown reason, veered into the westbound lanes of Grand Avenue and side-swiped a 2003 gray Hyundai sedan and 2010 Toyota Prius before colliding head-on with a white 1999 Buick sedan in the far left lane, said Robert Bailey, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The teen who officials believe caused the accident was the lone occupant in his vehicle and sustained serious head trauma. He was flown to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, said Surprise Fire Department Capt. John Klidas. The injury was considered non-life-threatening.

Klidas said the other driver involved in the head-on collision was a 22-year-old male who sustained a severe leg injury and was flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in north Phoenix. A 20-year-old male passenger in the Buick sedan was transported by ambulance to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West after sustaining a non-life-threatening arm injury.

In addition, Klidas said a 41-year-old woman in the Toyota Prius incurred minor, non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the scene. She refused further treatment at a nearby hospital.

Eastbound traffic on Grand Avenue was stopped from the time of the crash and reopened at about 8:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to Bailey.

He said DPS officials received witness reports that the 17-year-old’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Investigators are looking into those witness statements.

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