Vehicle crash forces closure of southbound lanes of Loop 101

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The southbound lanes of the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale have reopened nearly four hours after a series of wrecks forced the shutdown of the highway.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the freeway opened shortly after 5 p.m. but delays are likely to continue through Monday evening's commute.

Arizona Department of Safety spokesman Bart Graves says one person was killed in an initial accident that involved eight vehicles just after 1:30 p.m. Monday. It was triggered when the driver of a Honda Civic crossed all lanes of traffic and slammed into a Toyota sedan near Cactus Road.

Traffic began backing up because of the wrecks and another crash with injuries occurred involving 11 vehicles at about Raintree Drive. Graves says a third incident involving several vehicles then happened at the Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard exit.

All three wrecks happened between minutes of the original accident.

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