PHOENIX -- One person was killed when a car rear-ended a garbage truck on eastbound Loop 101 Monday morning.
The driver of the Waste Management truck reportedly stopped when a mechanical issue sparked a fire. The driver was trying to put out that fire when the car rear-ended the truck, according to Raul Garcia, a public information officer with the Department of Public Safety.
Garcia said the driver of the car, Maira Barraza, 27, of Surprise, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The wreck forced the closure of the ramp from eastbound Loop 101 to Interstate 17 and 27th Avenue.
Aerial video from Chopper 3 showed a large backup.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened the ramp at about 8 a.m., but warned drivers that it would take some time for the backup, which stretched back to 67th Avenue, to clear.
OPEN: The I-17 / 27th Avenue exit ramp from eastbound L-101 has reopened. It will take a while for delays (to 67th Ave) to clear.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 30, 2014
Delays behind the crash that closed the exit ramp on EB L-101 to I-17/27th Ave now extend nearly to 67th Avenue. Avoid. Extended closure.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 30, 2014
Ramp from EB L-101 to I-17/27th Avenue expected to stay closed for extended period. Delays to 51st Avenue. Avoid the area if you can.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 30, 2014