Big Rig Crash Slows Morning Commute

A crash in Phoenix involving a big rig last week closed a busy Phoenix intersection just in time to affect the Monday morning commute.

The AZ Family reported that on Monday, October 21st, the intersection of Broadway Road and Seventh Street were closed after a semi-tractor trailer rig and an SUV collided at approximately 3:30 a.m.

A spokesperson from the Phoenix Police Department said that the Chevrolet SUV had been traveling northbound on Seventh Street when it struck the big rig that was hauling a flatbed trailer. The force of the impact sent the big rig into a traffic pole and into the lot of a Circle K convenience store where it then struck a parked, unoccupied pickup truck.

The SUV was still in the intersection when emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The fuel tank of the 18-wheeler was ruptured during the crash causing it to leak fuel into the lot and into the street. The entire area around the intersection had to be closed off so that a hazmat team could be dispatched for cleanup.

According to authorities, the driver of the SUV and the driver of the 18-wheeler were both transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The intersection remained closed for several hours for investigation and cleanup but was re-opened in time for evening commuters.

Police say that the accident is still currently under investigation.

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