Wrong-way crash injures 7, including 4 children, on I-10 near 19th Avenue

Four children were involved in the crash between a black sedan and a U-Haul.

PHOENIX - Three adults and four children were injured early Friday morning in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 10, Arizona DPS said.

The crash occurred when a black sedan was traveling eastbound on I-10 within the westbound lanes near 19th Avenue, according to DPS. A U-Haul pulling a trailer with a small car was also involved in the collision.

This was the fifth wrong-way incident in the last 24 hours that DPS has responded to on state roads. 

The woman driving the wrong-way vehicle had two children, both in safety seats, in the car with her. DPS says it's unclear whether the children in the U-Haul were fastened in. 

Injuries of those involved in the crash are not considered life-threatening, DPS said.

DPS is investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

So far in 2017, DPS has been called out to 1,189 separate wrong-way incidents. Of those, 12 of the crashes were fatal and 17 involved injuries. In total, 57 drivers have been arrested for suspicion of impairment.

Those numbers for the year to date are already higher than all of 2016. According to DPS, last year troopers were dispatched to 1,178 separate wrong-way incidents, with 11 injury crashes, six fatal collisions, and 75 arrests for suspicion of impairment.

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