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Deadly Loop 202 crash in Chandler caused by driver going wrong way on highway, police said

Officials said a Chandler woman drove at a high rate of speed towards oncoming traffic.
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CHANDLER, Ariz. — A three-car collision that left two people dead on Loop 202 in Chandler on Monday was caused by a woman driving the wrong way on the highway, police said. 

Just before 6 p.m., on the Santan freeway near Alma School Road, 30-year-old Sarah Walterscheid, of Chandler, was driving a white GMC Yukon and entered Loop 202 on the Alma School off-ramp and accelerated at a high rate of speed toward oncoming traffic, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Police initially reported the driver of the Yukon was a 60-year-old man.

A black Kia, which was driven by 44-year-old Jackie Keeper, of Chandler, was hit head-on by the Yukon, police said. The Yukon then ran into a black Honda.

Both Walterscheid and Keeper were taken to Chandler Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead, officials said.

The driver of the Honda was treated for minor injuries. 

The crash closed the westbound lanes for several hours Monday afternoon. The highway was reopened around 10 p.m.

Dashcam video from another driver on the Loop 202 captured the moment that Walterscheid entered the highway on Monday.

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