Vehicle fire closes I-17
Eric Quade ~ Editor~ 5/7/2014
Although all responding agencies don’t appear to be in agreement, a vehicle fire south of Cordes Junction on May 2 may be the most likely reason why northbound traffic on I-17 was at a near standstill as far south as Anthem that afternoon.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, a vehicle fire broke out near mile marker 258 in the northbound lanes of I-17. The vehicle had been towing a trailer, and the blaze led to the roadway’s closure.
As of 6:30 p.m. May 2, ADOT reported that traffic was backed up for more than 10 miles from the scene of the fire, and officials were unsure how long it would be before the roadway could be reopened for weekend traffic.
About 45 minutes later, ADOT reported that responding emergency personnel still had the right lane blocked off but one northbound lane had been reopened.
ADOT did not comment on what might have led to the fire or whether there were any injuries. The agency, along with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, deferred to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to share further details on the incident.
A DPS PIO had no knowledge of a vehicle fire, however, and said there was only a small brush fire at about 1 p.m.