Police ID driver who died when produce truck caught fire on I-17

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The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas The driver of a produce truck was killed after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 Thursday morning. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The driver of a produce truck died after the vehicle caught fire on Interstate 17 near the Carefree Highway Thursday morning.

According to Officer Robert Bailey with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the 24-foot refrigerated box truck had some type of mechanical failure.

The driver, identified as Bruce Lee Clinton, 52, pulled to the left shoulder and hit the barrier wall. Bailey said the fuel tank ruptured and the truck became engulfed in flames.

An off-duty Phoenix firefighter tried to render aid, but the truck was fully engulfed and he couldn't get to the vehicle.

The unidentified driver died at the scene.

The northbound and southbound lanes of I-17 were closed south of the Carefree Highway after the incident, which occurred around 9:30 a.m.

The northbound and southbound lanes were closed following the fire but were reopened at approximately 11 a.m.