Transportation authorities have shut down eastbound I-10 around 77 miles from the California/Arizona border following a crash involving two semi trucks that left two people seriously injured.
Two People Extracted From Semi Following Rear End Crash
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened just before 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near mile marker 77. Investigators say that one semi crashed into the rear of another semi. Images from the scene show numerous packages spilled out onto the roadway.
Two people had to be extracted from one of the trucks by rescue crews. Those two people are said to be seriously injured. It isn’t clear at this time whether there are any other injuries.
Major Traffic Backups Reported, No Estimated Time For Reopening Eastbound I-10
I-10 shut down EB near Tonopah after semi crash, victims airlifted to hospital – the image is tragic.. miles long back up.. pic.twitter.com/YZMeufebZW
— SylesteFox10 (@SylesteFox10) October 6, 2017
Eastbound I-10 has been closed for hours and there is no estimated time for reopening. Police are directing traffic off of I-10 at mile marker 31 onto U.S. 60. Westbound I-10 is open.
Fed Ex semi truck collides with another semi on eastbound I-10 near Salome, AZ this morning. pic.twitter.com/3SQuDcElcJ
— Hans Pedersen (@HansP10) October 6, 2017
Miles-long traffic backups have been reported in the area.
I-10 update: The EB closure is now from Vicksburg Road (mile 45) to the crash at mile 77.
Alt routes include US 60 thru Wickenburg. pic.twitter.com/zNTYKODRt0
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 6, 2017
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. It isn’t clear at this time why the crash occurred.