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Three Killed As Interstate 17 Snarled By Two Accidents

It hasn’t been a good day for drivers using Interstate 17. Two serious crashes have caused long delays.

Early Friday morning, on a section of southbound 17, three people died when a driver traveling the wrong direction collided with a minivan. That crash happened about 30 miles north of Phoenix.

Three people in the minivan were killed. A young boy in the minivan was seriously injured. So was the wrong-way driver.

DPS says the suspect, a man in his 60s, was likely impaired.

A second crash later in the day involved a motorcycle traveling northbound. Authorities had to shut down traffic to one lane for a 9-mile stretch north of New River.

ADOT says anyone going north from Phoenix will face significant back-ups this afternoon.

KJZZ News Director Peter O’Dowd finds something alluring about Phoenix and public radio, as if they have always been a part of his destiny.O'Dowd, who oversees all daily editorial direction of the KJZZ newsroom, took on the role of news director in February 2011, after serving as an assignment editor and reporter for the station since 2009.