Wrong-way driver, officer killed in Arizona crash

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.

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