Crash causes semi to engulf in flames on northbound I-17 in Phoenix

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A semi caught fire after a crash on northbound Interstate 17 at Glendale Avenue. (Source: ADOT) A semi caught fire after a crash on northbound Interstate 17 at Glendale Avenue. (Source: ADOT)
The semi hit a car that previously crashed into the median. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The semi hit a car that previously crashed into the median. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Northbound I-17 was closed at Glendale Avenue for the crash. (Source: ADOT) Northbound I-17 was closed at Glendale Avenue for the crash. (Source: ADOT)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A semi caught fire after crashing into a car, shutting down northbound Interstate 17 in Phoenix for several hours early Tuesday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 

A single vehicle crashed into the median on northbound I-17 at Glendale Avenue just after 1 a.m. causing its lights to go out.

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Unable to see the vehicle, the semi hit the car and began to catch fire. The truck driver coasted the semi until it came to a stop and got out of the vehicle.

The semi and its trailer became fully engulfed and perished some, if not most, of the frozen food destined for Fry's Food.

Northbound I-17 was closed for firefighters to put out the flames and move the vehicles off the highway. The HOV lane on southbound I-17 was also blocked in case the fire spread further. 

The highway was closed for several hours and drivers were using the frontage road to re-enter I-17 at Northern Avenue.

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Luckily, no one suffered any serious injuries and it appears no one was transported.

Troopers were on scene performing a sobriety test on the single-vehicle driver but it is unclear if impairment or speed were a factor in the crash. 

Tow trucks were called to the scene to remove the vehicles but it took some time for the semi to be towed away because its trailer needed to be unloaded.

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