U-Haul truck driver blamed for I-10 crash

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The driver of a U-Haul truck caused a serious collision on Interstate 10 Tuesday morning.

The crash forced officers to close Interstate 10 westbound and Loop 202 westbound at the Mini-Stack interchange to the east of downtown Phoenix.

It happened at approximately 11 a.m. The U-Haul truck was traveling eastbound when it hit a car.

"A U-Haul truck tried to make a lane change clipped a couple of vehicles. That caused one of those passenger cars, the Nissan Altima to actually lose control and cross into the median and go through the cable barriers striking a (westbound) pickup truck head-on," said Officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the Altima was seriously injured, according to Officer Cook. The passenger in the Altima was also injured. The driver of the pickup truck had minor injuries. The driver of the U-Haul truck did not stop.

The U-Haul is described as medium-sized with some minor right end damage somewhere in the orange paint area.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact authorirties.

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PHOENIX -- Following a closure because of a crash, the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway have reopened at the Mini-Stack interchange east of downtown Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Additionally, the ramp connecting State Route 51 southbound to I-10 westbound has also reopened.

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PHOENIX -- A crash has closed Interstate 10 westbound and Loop 202 westbound at the Mini-Stack interchange to the east of downtown Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers reaching the closure on I-10 westbound can use State Route 51 northbound or L-202 eastbound.

Drivers on L-202 westbound can take SR 51 northbound or I-10 eastbound. Additionally, the SR 51 southbound ramp to I-10 westbound is closed.

Drivers will encounter long delays as they approach the closure either on I-10 westbound or L-202 westbound.

Drivers from the East Valley can minimize delays by avoiding the Mini-Stack and instead use I-10 westbound to I-17 northbound at the Split interchange by Sky Harbor Airport.

The crash is also creating delays on I-10 eastbound in central Phoenix.

There is no estimated time to lift any of the closures.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT's Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.