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Fri, Feb. 28

Fatal wreck closes northbound I-17 in north-central Arizona

PHOENIX — Authorities announced an extended closure of northbound Interstate 17 about 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of the Sunset Point Rest Area in north-central Arizona because of a fatal wreck requiring a cleanup of hazardous material late Friday morning.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bar Graves said preliminary reports indicated that a big rig collided with two pickups, killing one person and injuring others.

Graves said the needed to call for hazardous-material cleanup as a result of the big rig leaking fuel onto the highway.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advised drivers to consider delaying travel or using alternative routes to northern Arizona such as taking State Routes 87 and 260 to connect to I-17 at Camp Verde.

ADOT says I-17's southbound lanes are unaffected.

As of 4:45 p.m. Friday ADOT tweeted that there were still 27 miles of traffic backed up on I-17 and that "drivers should continue to delay travel or use an alternate route."

by Arizona DOT

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