Interstate 10 near Phoenix reopens 10 hours after crash

| 3/27/2008

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 west of Phoenix were closed for 10 hours following two crashes in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 27.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety told Land Line that two people were killed, but could not confirm the cause of either of the crashes. Police reopened the lanes at 1 p.m. local time.

Local ABC affiliate KNXV-TV reported that the first crash happened at 3:15 a.m., when a trucker, Juan Castillo, experienced an engine problem and was trying to pull over. That’s when another tractor-trailer struck his trailer. The TV news reported that the driver of the second truck was flown to an area hospital.

The second crash occurred about a half-mile behind the first scene, KNXV reported, and the multi-vehicle crash resulted in the two fatalities. One of the vehicles involved in the second crash was reportedly engulfed in flames.

– By David Tanner, staff writer