Jackknifed semi causes huge backup on EB I-10 in West Valley

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gina Maravilla

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 2:47 PM

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PHOENIX -- A jackknifed semi snarled traffic on eastbound Interstate 10 in the West Valley Thursday morning.

It happened near 75th Avenue.

The rig was folded nearly in half on top of the guard rail. Video from the scene showed the cab of the truck turned almost 180 degrees so that it was practically parallel with the trailer.

One other vehicle was involved in the crash. Somebody from that car was taken to a local hospital.

The wreck blocked the HOV lane and the left lane, causing a major backup coming in from the West Valley. Three lanes of traffic were getting by, albeit slowly.

Crews spent hours working to clear the scene and reopen the blocked lanes.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said all lanes were open by 8:30 a.m., but the back up was nearly to Loop 101.

3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla recommended that commuters avoid that stretch of the I-10, which is one of the busiest in the entire freeway system.

A logical alternate would be Van Buren Street, but a second accident involving a motorcycle at Van Buren Street and 83rd Avenue is causing a problem there. If you have to go south, drop down to Buckeye Road.

Maravilla suggested drivers go north of I-10 to get around the scene and backup. McDowell, Thomas and Indian School roads are all good options, although both McDowell and Thomas roads were bogging down with runoff traffic. The further north you can go, the better off you will be.

If you need to get back on the eastbound I-10, you can do so anywhere east of 79th Avenue.

Link: Phoenix Traffic app

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