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Wrong-Way Crash Kills Three People

Three people in Arizona died after an individual driving the wrong way caused a collision on April 14.

Officials say the southbound driver, a 22-year-old male, was in the northbound lane when he crashed into a car containing two female college students at 2 a.m. on Arizona's I-17 near Greenway, KPNX reports.

All three involved in the collision died, and both cars were severely damaged. Authorities closed down Northbound I-17 for hours, opening it up again at 9 a.m.

The identities of the women, ages 19 and 20, have not been released, but it is known they attended Grand Canyon University.

"It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the news that three people, including two students from Grand Canyon University, were killed in a wrong-way driver accident last night on Interstate 17," the school said in an official statement. "Names have not been released pending notification of families. As a close-knit community of students, faculty and staff, please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this tragic time."

The crash provoked many on social media to debate whether the driver or authorities should be blamed.

"Cannot believe how many of these incidents there are," wrote one man. "I think it's time to spend a few hundred million dollars on warning lights!! We need major lights to warn the wrong way driver's, but probably more importantly to warn correct-way drivers to pull right & stop because there's a wrong-way vehicle approaching!!"

Another person blamed the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

"ADOT should be held accountable in each and every death," she wrote. "They refuse to install solutions that would prevent this with the excuse it costs too much $$$. Well, how much is a life worth?"

"So sad that this continues to happen," another user agreed. "ADOT need to install something that flattens the wrong way driver's tires, as soon as they enter the wrong way, but of course they will say it's too expensive, so it means a life is not worth spending the money…"

However, others pointed fingers at the driver.

"Why can't people just learn to pay attention when driving it's America we drive on the right side of the road," they wrote. "It's not Adots fault people drive impaired or are not paying attention to signs that clearly say wrong way."

"Nothing good happens driving around at 2am if there is the choice not too," wrote another.

While it's not clear if the driver was impaired or not, some speculated he was.

"I want know how many of these incidents are drugs, alcohol or just plain stupidity with no common sense," said one person.

Sources: KPNXKPNX/Facebook / Photo credit: DPS via KPNX

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