Two people are dead and six others, including two kids and two teens, were sent to the hospital following a wrong-way crash on SR 347 south of Phoenix Monday night.

More than a dozen emergency service vehicles were at the scene on the freeway near Riggs Road on Monday night.

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The crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m. and the highway was closed at Riggs Road and, for a couple hours, at Interstate 10, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The northbound lanes were unaffected.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a Hyundai sedan was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided head-on with a Chrysler 300.

The wrong-way driver, 70-year-old Karen Ankiewicz of Sun City West, and the driver of the Chrysler 300, 26-year-old Julissa Torres of Maricopa, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

DPS said three additional passengers in the Chrysler 300, a 26-year-old man, a 4-year-old child and 1-year-old child were transported to a local hospital.

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The 26-year-old man and 4-year-old child suffered non-life-threatening injuries while the 1-year-old was evaluated and released.

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A third vehicle struck the Chrysler 300 following the initial collision with the wrong-way vehicle.

The driver, a 57-year-old man, and his passengers, a 13-year-old teen and a 15-year-old teen, were transported to a local hospital, DPS said. The 57-year-old and 13-year-old were admitted with non-life-threatening injuries while the 15-year-old was treated and released.

At this time it's unknown if impairment or a medical issue were factors regarding the wrong-way driver. DPS said the investigation is ongoing.

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