Fatal semi-truck collision closes westbound I-10

By Jon Johnson


SAN SIMON – A fatal collision between two westbound semi-trucks on Interstate-10 closed a section of freeway near the New Mexico border for four miles early Tuesday morning. 

One of the semi-trucks reportedly caught fire and at least one person was declared deceased. 

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the closure came into effect at about 3:24 a.m. and included the westbound lanes of I-10 from three miles east of San Simon to roughly one mile west. Westbound traffic is being diverted onto the W. Business I-10 loop and can then re-enter the freeway at exit 378. Eastbound traffic is not affected except for the eastbound exit at 378 is blocked. 

As of 1:30 p.m., the closure was still in effect.

The cause of the crash is under investigation with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.