Tanker truck fire closes part of westbound I-10 in Phoenix

Tanker truck fire closes part of westbound I-10 in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) – A fire involving a tanker reportedly carrying herbicide has closed part of westbound Interstate 10 in southeast Phoenix, snarling traffic during the Monday morning commute.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said initial reports indicate the truck’s tank is full of herbicide but that no leakage had been reported.

News photos showed the truck’s engine compartment heavily damaged by fire and the tanker trailer apparently intact.

The state Department of Transportation said westbound I-10 is closed near Baseline Road, which is just east of U.S. 60, with drivers being directed to a U.S. 60 exit.

According to ADOT, using that exit enables motorists to return to I-10 on the other side of U.S. 60. ADOT reported a two-mile backup of traffic on westbound I-10.

Eastbound I-10 remains open.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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