PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A large semi-truck fire shut down parts of Interstate 10 at 40th Street in Phoenix on Friday.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the driver of a semi-truck lost control of the vehicle while traveling westbound on I-10 near 40th Street at 9:43 a.m.
The semi-truck hit the center median and caught fire. The trailer then went over the barrier and into the eastbound lanes of traffic.
DPS says the driver escaped safely and the trailer was empty.
Just before 2:00 p.m., ADOT stated that all lanes were open at I-10 and 40th St. after the earlier semi fire, but to expect delays in the area, especially westbound.
I-10 at 40th St: All eastbound lanes are open now. Heading westbound, only the right 2 lanes are open. Westbound backup is to Warner and to US 60 westbound past Mill. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/0tpMnUT4Gc— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 25, 2018
I-10 update: The right 2 westbound lanes are now open. Eastbound, HOV and the left lane are blocked. We're seeing very long delays in both directions, so it's best to avoid the area and use alternate routes for the next few hours. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/ZvqJBfXxBY— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 25, 2018
I-10 at 40th St: Westbound traffic is stopped because of this fire. Eastbound left lanes are closed, with long delays. Exit well ahead of the area and plan to use an alternate route. #PhxTraffic pic.twitter.com/yFTEM9Urv5— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 25, 2018