CORDES LAKE – A fatal car accident shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 for several hours south of Cordes Lakes causing detours and traffic to back up for miles on the morning of July 27.
The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. last Friday near milepost 259 just south of Bloody Basin Road on I-17, and hazardous material crews were deployed to clean up fuel that was leaking on the roadway, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS).
One person died, two other people were transported with injuries, and three other people were checked by medics on the scene and treated for minor injuries. The conditions of the transported passengers and their identities were not released, according to AZDPS.
The accident involved five vehicles, and preliminarily reports indicate it was caused after a commercial trailer truck collided with a passenger vehicle and pickup truck. Another passenger vehicle and a box truck were also involved in the collision, according to AZDPS.
Arizona Department of Transportation issued an extended closure detouring northbound cars on state routes 87 and 260, reconnecting vehicles to the I-17 in Camp Verde.
The traffic backed up for miles from Bloody Basin Road to Sunset Point as DPS crews worked to clear debris and clean up fuel that spilled from the commercial vehicle.
The investigation is still ongoing.