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I-17 Temporarily Closed after Fatal Tanker Truck Accident

Many different types of trucks drive on Arizona’s freeways, expressways, and local roads every day, serving vital functions and enabling society to function as normal. Most of these trucks make it through a daily route without incident and without an accident; unfortunately, though, that is not always the case as Arizona experiences thousands of truck accidents every year.

Some of these accidents involve only one or more trucks. Many involve a truck and another type of vehicle, whether it is a car, van, or even a bus. Regardless of the vehicles involved, truck accidents are likely to result in injuries or even death to those either inside the truck or in another vehicle involved in a collision. The victims of these accidents may be forced to endure a long road toward recovery but they are not without legal options to seek relief for their damages. In fact, in Phoenix and the surrounding towns of the Valley, truck accident victims are often entitled to bring a civil claim for damages to recover financial compensation against those who caused a collision. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash, including whether you are entitled to relief.

A crash on I-17 around 5:00 this morning proved fatal and led to massive closures along I-17 for morning rush hour. Police arrived at the scene and determined that a tanker truck collided with a center concrete median for reasons that are not yet clear. The incident occurred near the Loop 303 and resulted in the closure of northbound traffic at Jomax Road and southbound traffic at the Loop 303.

Debris from the collision was obstructing traffic in both northbound and southbound lanes but the biggest threat to other motorists appeared to be spillage from the tanker truck. The contents of the truck have not yet been confirmed but authorities believe it may have been fuel, and that the collision caused a spill and led to the fuel or other substance covering portions of I-17. Emergency crews were called to investigate the fluid and to clean it up before the highway would be reopened.

Police have confirmed that the tanker accident was fatal and that one person lost his or her life. At this time, though, it is not clear whether it was the driver of the tanker or another individual in the area.

If you have been injured or if your loved one has been killed in a truck accident in Phoenix, you may be entitled to legal relief. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call and provide you with a free case consultation so that you understand your legal options, including whether a financial recovery is possible.

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we provide a free consultation to all injury victims who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we provide it without any obligation on your part. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and at Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery on their behalves.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, do not continue to suffer. Call us today and let us help you seek the recovery you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Another Wrong Way Crash Leaves 4 Injured in Phoenix, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 31, 2014.


Fatal tanker rollover blocks traffic on I-17 at Loop 303, by Steve Stout,, published August 1, 2014.

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