I-10 reopened more than 24 hours after hazmat spill

Updated Feb 16, 2023

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023:

I-10 closed after truck crash with hazmat spill

I-10 truck crash TucsonA truck pulling a van trailer loaded with nitric acid in liquid form overturned Tuesday afternoon along I-10 near Tucson, Arizona. The interstate remains closed Wednesday morning.Arizona DPSUPDATE: The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced at 6:45 p.m. local time Wednesday that I-10 had been reopened in both directions and detours were lifted. The shelter-in-place and evacuation orders were also lifted for local residents.

Original story follows: 

A crash involving a truck carrying nitric acid along I-10 near Tucson, Arizona, Tuesday afternoon has closed the interstate into Wednesday morning, and Arizona officials have issued a shelter-in-place order for a one-mile perimeter around the accident.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a truck pulling a van trailer rolled over on I-10 Eastbound between Rita and Kolb roads at approximately 2:43 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

It was determined that the truck was hauling nitric acid in liquid form, which spilled as a result of the crash. The truck driver died as a result of the crash.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that it, along with the Federal Highway Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, "are working alongside our local partners to investigate the circumstances of the crash, the motor carrier and shipper involved, and to monitor Interstate traffic conditions in the area."

Officials lifted the shelter-in-place order Tuesday evening, but in an update at 4:55 a.m. local time Wednesday, Arizona DPS said the order was reinstated and the closure of the interstate was extended.

According to the update, when crews were attempting to remove the load from the truck, gassing occurred. Crews expect “an extensive closure” of the interstate as a result. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a web page dedicated to information about the closure.

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