Fire near explosives snarls I-10 traffic north of Tucson

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MARANA -- According to witnesses, a truck collided with a passenger vehicle Thrusday night on I-10 north of the Cortaro exit causing life threatening injuries to one passenger and the vehicle to catch fire.

The accident snarled traffic on westbound I-10 for some time, but the more pressing problem was the truck filled with mining explosives trapped immediately behind the burning car.

Firefighters worked frantically to try extinguish the fire before a dangerous situaion became catastrophic.

One person was airlifted away from the scene of the accident in 'very-critical condition.'

According to firefighters they began an evacuation process as they were working to control the fire, but once efforts to control the fire mitigated the threat of radiant heat damage, evacuation efforts were stopped.

Captain Adam Goldberg explains that there was some heat damage to front of the truck that caused great concern, but they were able to get the fire under control before the heat reached the trailer containing the explosives.

Further word on the status of the injured passenger was not immediately available.