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Four-vehicle crash on I-17 causes major traffic backup
Fire from vehicles spread to median

Two vehicles involved in a pileup on northbound Interstate 17 Monday morning, April 1, were destroyed by fire. (Arizona Department of Transportation/Courtesy)

Two vehicles involved in a pileup on northbound Interstate 17 Monday morning, April 1, were destroyed by fire. (Arizona Department of Transportation/Courtesy)

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The four-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 17 caused traffic to be backed up as much as 6 miles at one point. (Arizona Department of Transportation/Courtesy)

A four-vehicle pileup near Sunset Point on northbound Interstate 17 caused a small brush fire and significant travel delays for motorists Monday morning, April 1.

Reports of the crash started coming in around 10:30 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). By about 11:45 a.m., ADOT estimated a 6-mile traffic backup.

While no one was injured, two of the vehicles involved in the crash caught fire, which spread to brush in the median, said Bart Graves with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Firefighters were able to quickly respond and extinguish all the flames, Graves said.

All lanes were reopened shortly after noon.

For real-time highway conditions, go to ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, call 511, or go to ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.

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