Semi-truck rollover closes U.S. 60 for hours

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MESA, Ariz. - The driver of a tractor-trailer dies from injuries he sustained after the truck he was driving rolled over on the U.S. 60 at Dobson Road.

The accident closed the freeway in both directions during rush hour and into the evening as crews cleaned up a spill in the westbound lanes caused by the rollover.

Around 5:30 p.m., the tractor-trailer carrying a vareity of high-pressure cylinders driven by Clarence Sutton, 60, failed to stop for slowing traffic causing a multi-car accident and flipping the truck on its side.

After firefighters extinguished the flames, the truck driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries and was later pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

According to Sgt. Bob Bailey with the Department of Public Safety, the driver of one of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The eastbound lanes opened around 9:30 p.m. and the westbound side around midnight.

It took crews a while to clean up the westbound side as the tanks contained oxygen, acetylene, argon, Co2, propane, helium and nitrogen, which did pose an explosive danger so DPS and the Mesa Fire Department took every precaution.

Traffic was being taken off westbound at Country Club Drive and eastbound at McClintock Drive.  Wednesday afternoon and cars could be seen being turned around and taken off the U.S. 60.

The accident remains under investigation. No word on what caused the driver to rear-end another vehicle.