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I-17 closed SB near Black Canyon City after crash involving at least 20 vehicles

Posted at 1:44 PM, Oct 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-23 20:31:32-04

The I-17 southbound is closed north of Black Canyon City after a multi-vehicle crash according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

This is a separate accident from the deadly motorcycle crash that closed the I-17 in New River southbound Sunday.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said there was a crash in the area of milepost 246 that involved at least 20 vehicles.

Troopers said the crash happened when a commercial cattle hauler was unable to stop and crashed into several vehicles.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman said Black Canyon City requested the department's help to deal with the crash. Officials did not immediately know how many people were hurt, nor the extent of any injuries.

Officials closed the interstate at Sunset Point and were turning drivers around.

For alternate routes, ADOT recommends drivers take SR 69 or SR 169, while heavier and more commercial traffic should take SR 260 east to SR 87 south.

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