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I-17 NB reopens near Deer Valley Road after deadly semi-truck crash

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 5:17 AM MST|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 12:31 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Three Shamrock semi-trucks crashed early Friday morning, temporarily closing the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 near Deer Valley Road. Originally it was reported that two trucks had crashed, but the Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed that three were involved.

It happened just after 4:15 a.m. when one Shamrock semi-truck had a power failure causing it to stall out in the middle lane while driving through the area. Another Shamrock semi-truck driver saw his co-worker’s truck malfunction and pulled his truck over to help. According to DPS, the driver who pulled over tried to call the third Shamrock truck following behind them to warn them about the stalled-out truck, but the semi-truck was unable to stop in time. The third semi crashed into the stalled semi, and the driver of that truck died.

Shamrock Foods Company issued a statement to Arizona’s Family about the incident:

Northbound lanes were reopened around 11:30 a.m. Around 4:15 a.m., ADOT’s traffic cameras showed the crash with at least one semi in flames.

Three semis crashed around 4:15 a.m. Friday morning and caught on fire. The crash has closed...
Three semis crashed around 4:15 a.m. Friday morning and caught on fire. The crash has closed the northbound lanes of I-17, according to ADOT.(ADOT)

Stay with azfamily.com for updates on this developing story.

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