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7:03 AM Fri, Sept. 21st

Southbound I-17 reopened after wrong-way driver causes multi-vehicle crash; 2 dead

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Southbound Interstate 17 reopened to traffic at Sunset Point at 3 p.m. Saturday after being closed for five hours because of a collision that killed two people and injured a third person several miles north of Black Canyon City.

Courtesy photo<br> Southbound Interstate 17 reopened to traffic at Sunset Point at 3 p.m. Saturday after being closed for five hours because of a collision that killed two people and injured a third person several miles north of Black Canyon City.

Two people died and a third person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver that shut down southbound lanes of Interstate 17 at Sunset Point for five hours on Saturday.

The Department of Public Safety identified the victims as Shirley Norice Evans, 77, of Black Canyon City and Danielle Leigh Wolf, 29, of Flagstaff. Joseph Williams, 33, also of Flagstaff, was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

According to DPS, Evans was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-17 when her vehicle struck the front of the vehicle Williams was driving and in which Wolf was a passenger. This caused a third vehicle to sideswipe Williams' vehicle, which resulted in a fourth vehicle hitting the rear end of the third vehicle, a DPS spokesman said.

Both victims of the fatal crash were wearing seatbelts, the spokesman said. The male driver of the third vehicle and the female driver of the fourth vehicle were unhurt.

The highway was closed to southbound traffic from the time of the crash at approximately 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.