CASA BLANCA — A lost load from a semi truck on Interstate 10 on the Gila River Indian Community resulted in a collision that shut down the freeway in both directions Thursday evening as stranded motorists sat through intense monsoon storms moving through the area.
The two-vehicle, no-injury collision occurred on eastbound I-10 near milepost 178 at 5:15 p.m., between the State Route 587 and State Route 387 (Pinal Avenue) interchanges.
According to the Department of Public Safety, a semi truck collided with the lost load from another semi.
“It appears one semi, pulling an over-size load, attempted to pass under the bridge at Gasline Road,” DPS said in an email. “It collided with the bridge, damaging it, and the second semi collided with the first.”
Severity of the damage to the bridge is unknown and is being assessed by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
ADOT closed the freeway in both directions at the two interchanges, diverting traffic to State Route 87 around the scene of the incident. The westbound lanes of I-10 were reopened about two hours later while the eastbound lanes remained closed as a crane was used to clear the scene.
Numerous vehicles remained stuck on the stretch of I-10 between the interchanges for up to three hours as first dust storms and then heavy rain moved through the area.