Arizona transportation officials were forced to shut down I-10 in Phoenix after a semi truck crashed and caught fire this morning.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. when a semi truck driver headed west on I-10 lost control and crashed into the median of the interstate. The truck’s trailer came to a stop in the eastbound lanes of I-10.
Semi Fire eastbound 10 at 40th st. https://t.co/kAmjj5seku
— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) May 25, 2018
The truck caught fire after the crash, sending massive amounts of black smoke up into the air.
The truck driver was able to get out of his vehicle and wasn’t seriously hurt.
Firefighters doing a great job knocking this blaze down. Almost nothing left of the semi-truck. I-10 at 40th Street. Some traffic getting through eastbound—-but all lanes still closed westbound. #fox10phoenix #skyfox pic.twitter.com/cTcfpD0Dyd
— Ron Hoon (@RonHoonFox10) May 25, 2018
I-10 is expected to remain closed at 40th Street for an extended period of time. Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes.
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 25, 2018
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.