Loop 101 crash

It appeared the semi had hit the wall and caught fire. (Photo: ADOT)

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Rush hour traffic slowed to a crawl Tuesday after a serious crash on northbound Loop 101 near the Peoria exit.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) says it appears that a semi-truck collided into the median wall and caught fire. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) cameras showed the Fry's Food Store truck on its side, and the freeway wall blackened from fire. Scorched debris was seen strewn in the area, and multiple fire trucks and ambulances surrounded the scene.

DPS says this was an "injury accident," but it's not clear how many people were hurt.

The crash shut down the Peoria on-ramp. Several lanes of the freeway were blocked, but it appeared that some traffic was still able to move slowly past.


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