Photos: SR87 reopens after oil tanker crash south of Payson


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 9:25 AM

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PHOENIX -- All lanes of state Route 87 have reopened after an oil tanker crash Tuesday forced a full closure of the highway for 12 miles between Phoenix and Payson.
At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, a semitruck carrying oil rolled over on SR 87, the Beeline Highway, 30 miles south of Payson, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Liquid asphalt spilled into northbound and southbound lanes and the immediate area surrounding the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS and ADOT hazmat crews cleaned up the mess.

The southbound lanes reopened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. The northbound lanes reopened to traffic at approximately 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Scottsdale hospital. The driver's name has not been released.

Authorities are still investigating the rollover.
"We have not ruled out speed as the cause of the crash," said DPS spokesman Officer Carrick R. Cook.
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