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Driver escapes massive truck fire at I-10/40th Street, DPS says

Posted at 9:49 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 14:09:32-04

A semi truck driver reportedly escaped without injury during a massive fiery crash along Interstate 10 and 40th Street in Phoenix on Friday morning. 


According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened just before 9:45 a.m. when a westbound semi-truck lost control, hitting the center barrier wall. 

The cab of the semi truck went over the wall into eastbound lanes. The trailer remained in westbound lanes and the vehicle caught fire. 

DPS says the driver was able to escape the truck without being injured. 

The truck's trailer was reportedly empty at the time of the crash. 

PHOTOS: See images from the inferno on I-10 in Phoenix

Air15 and traffic camera video from the scene showed a massive inferno that engulfed the truck, freeway signs and some brush along the I-10.

Witnesses told ABC15 crews on scene that they were using fire extinguishers to try to put the blaze out before fire crews took over. 

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, both directions of traffic are blocked.

Drivers are urged to exit the highway well in advance of 40th Street and plan an alternate route for the next several hours.

Check current traffic conditions here.