TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An off-duty police officer driving home from work and a wrong-way driver are dead after a head-on collision on a Phoenix-area freeway ramp.
The wrong-way driver's SUV had traveled parts of three freeways for a half-hour before the early Monday morning collision and before the crash evaded a state Department of Public Safety officer who tried unsuccessfully to ram the SUV to stop it.
A state Department of Public Safety spokesman, Officer Carrick Cook, says no information is available about the wrong-way driver because the driver's body was badly burned in a fire resulting from the head-on wreck.
The identity of the Mesa officer killed in the collision was not released immediately.
The crash occurred in Tempe on a ramp connecting the U.S. 60 freeway and Interstate 10.