Traffic flowing east again on I-10 after semi wreck, fuel leak

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GOODYEAR -- Early morning commuters on Interstate 10 into Phoenix had a rough Tuesday when a semi wreck caused a diesel fuel leak that closed the freeway in the far west Valley for more than an hour.

Major backup, no injuries

While all lanes were open and traffic was moving, albeit slowly, by 6 a.m., the damage had been done.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a semi hit a guard rail and went off the freeway near Bullard at about 4 a.m. The truck's fuel tank ruptured, dumping fuel all over the roadway near Luke Air Force Base.

While the truck driver was not hurt, the eastbound lanes of I-10 were closed for about 90 minutes while crews cleaned up the mess.

The traffic backup was significant, which made the freeway's recovery slow.

DPS said it's likely that driver fatigue was a factor in the wreck.