Courtesy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety
Cleanup crews surrounded the oil tanker that crashed on the I-17 on Friday, Aug. 1. The horrific accident took the life of the driver.
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Fatal tanker crash caused I-17 closure

Staff Report~ 8/6/2014

PHOENIX – The interstate 17 was closed in both directions on Friday, Aug. 1 due to an oil tanker crash that took the life of the truck driver.

The accident happened on the southbound I-17 early Friday morning. The truck swerved into the median, spilling hot oil on both sides of the freeway. The Arizona Department of Public Safety noted that the oil temperature reached 300 hundred degrees and that Hazmat equipment was necessary for crews to clean up the spill.

Drivers experienced long delays as they were rerouted off the I-17. Carefree Highway and 27th Drive also had heavy traffic as the main alternate route for the freeway. The northbound I-17 reopened around noon; southbound reopened about 3 p.m.

The investigation into the fatal accident continues. No other injuries at the scene were reported.