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The Latest: Wrong-way crash in Arizona kills 5, police say

May 24, 2019

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly wrong-way crash in Arizona (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Arizona authorities say a fifth person has died in a wrong-way crash on a rural highway.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says on Twitter that the driver of the wrong-way vehicle Friday is an 82-year-old man from Nevada. He died at a hospital.

State Trooper Vanessa L. Sevilla says she couldn’t release the names of the victims until their families had been notified.

The agency says the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 have now partially reopened after the crash about 14 miles (23 kilometers) southwest of the small town of Kingman.

Few other details have been released, including whether anyone else has been injured.

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11:40 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirms that at least four people have died in a wrong-way crash on a rural highway in the northwestern part of the state.

Trooper Vanessa L. Sevilla says the agency cannot release the names of those killed until their families have been notified. Sevilla is a public information officer with the state agency.

The state Department of Public Safety reported earlier the crash occurred Friday on westbound Interstate 40 about 14 miles (23 kilometers) southwest of Kingman, but released no more details.

Hospital spokeswoman Terry Williams says one injured person was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has advised westbound travelers to exit I-40 before leaving Kingman’s outskirts to avoid getting stuck in a traffic backup.

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11 a.m.

Authorities report there’s been a wrong-way crash on a highway in rural northwestern Arizona with “multiple fatalities.”

Hospital spokeswoman Terry Williams says one person injured in the crash has been received at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The Mohave County Medical Examiner’s office said investigators have been sent to the scene.

The state Department of Public Safety says the crash occurred Friday on westbound Interstate 40 about 14 miles (23 kilometers) southwest of Kingman. It did not release additional details.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises westbound travelers to exit I-40 before leaving Kingman’s outskirts to avoid getting stuck in a traffic backup.

The Transportation Department says there’s no estimated time to reopen westbound I-40 and that alternative routes to reach California include U.S. 93 and State Routes 68 and 95.

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