Semitruck driver killed in rollover on I-10

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PHOENIX -- Interstate 10 was closed at Picacho Peak for several hours Friday after a semitruck pulling two trailers overturned and caught fire.

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1 killed in semi rollover near Tucson - A semitruck carrying corrosive materials caught fire after a rollover near Tucson Friday morning.

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According to the Department of Public Safety, the semitruck carrying hazardous materials was traveling eastbound shortly after 9 a.m. when it veered off the road for an unknown reason and overturned in the right shoulder. The truck caught fire immediately.

The fire came in contact with overhead power lines and power was out in the area for a time.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the female driver died. She has been identified as Shari Wood Linder, 50, of Quinlan, Texas.

Her husband, Ricky Keith Linder, 53, was in the sleeping compartment of the semi and was injured in the accident. He was taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He is listed in stable condition.

Graves said the semi was carrying flammable automotive products and cleaning products, which included aerosol cans.

A HazMat team was called to the scene.

I-10 was closed in both directions for a time, but all lanes were opened at approximately 3:40 p.m.

As a precaution, Union Pacific Railroad was asked to halt train traffic through the area. It has returned to normal operating procedures.

The truck is owned by Saia Trucking. The Linders were traveling from Blythe, Calif., to El Paso, Texas. They have been driving together as a team for about 10 years.