MARANA, Arizona — A major crash on eastbound Interstate 10 at Avra Valley Road has caused serious traffic delays in both directions of travel, authorities said. The crash involved a semi truck and a car, which wedged itself underneath the semi truck. This action caused a fire that shut down basically the entire freeway for quite some time after the crash itself.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety and Northwest Fire District are on the scene dealing with a fire that the crash caused. According to a tweet from the Town of Marana, one of the vehicles involved in the crash remains ablaze. Therefore, traffic needs to go elsewhere for a while.
Marana is a suburb of Tucson. It hosts around 50,000 Arizonans, although that number is a huge increase from the last Census. According to some sources, it’s the fourth fastest growing town, city, or municipality in Arizona. It’s a popular place, especially as the rest of Arizona grows!
Marana Crash Reroutes Traffic
Both directions of travel were previously closed to traffic. However, the westbound lanes have since reopened, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. One eastbound lane has reopened, and drivers are advised to expect delays in both directions.
The driver, who was able to escape from the car, is receiving treatment for injuries that are not life-threatening. As of now, the semi truck driver seems to be fine. Evidently, he was able to escape the fire before it got too bad. That’s a huge relief for all involved, as the crash could very easily have become an incredible tragedy.
Northwest Fire posted a video of the aftermath of the crash, saying that a car crashed into the semi and became wedged under the truck, starting a fire. In the video, you can see the car stuck beneath the semi truck, slowly burning out.