PHOENIX (AP) – A fire involving a tanker reportedly carrying herbicide has closed part of westbound Interstate 10 in southeast Phoenix, snarling traffic during the Monday morning commute.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said initial reports indicate the truck’s tank is full of herbicide but that no leakage had been reported.
News photos showed the truck’s engine compartment heavily damaged by fire and the tanker trailer apparently intact.
The state Department of Transportation said westbound I-10 is closed near Baseline Road, which is just east of U.S. 60, with drivers being directed to a U.S. 60 exit.
According to ADOT, using that exit enables motorists to return to I-10 on the other side of U.S. 60. ADOT reported a two-mile backup of traffic on westbound I-10.
Eastbound I-10 remains open.
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