PHOENIX -- A crash forced the closure of northbound State Route 51 at Thunderbird Road for a time Thursday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Drivers were advised to exit ahead of Thunderbird at streets such as Cactus Road or Shea Boulevard.
Southbound SR 51 was unaffected.
The freeway reopened at about 6:30 a.m. and, with the investigation moved to the side of the roadway, the backup quickly resolved.
Good News.. SR 51 NB @ TBird just re-opened.— Gina Maravilla (@GinaMaravillaTV) October 3, 2013
Traffic Alert: SR 51 NB @ Thunderbird is now CLOSED b/c of crash. Alt: exit Cactus to 40th or 32nd St, back on fwy @ Greenway.— Gina Maravilla (@GinaMaravillaTV) October 3, 2013