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Phoenix police ID wrong-way driver in fatal light rail crash

December 23, 2019 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have identified a wrong-way driver who died after her car collided with a light rail train.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson released the driver’s name Sunday as 30-year-old Tameka Talise Spence.

Authorities say Spence was driving her car eastbound on a one-way westbound street in downtown Phoenix around 3 a.m. Sunday when it crashed into the train.

The impact derailed the train, which veered into a light pole. The operator and two passengers on board were not injured.

The cause remains under investigation. Thompson says police believe speed was a factor.