A cement truck traveling Interstate-17 in North Phoenix catches fire and explodes. Fire Captain Ardel Deliz with the Phoenix Fire Department says the truck driver had been experiencing mechanical issues when he heard a loud noise. The driver pulled off the road and got out of the truck when the truck
burst into flames. She says “a couple of explosions happened because it was an empty tanker, so it probably exploded because of the diesel tank itself but the empty tank had some holes in it” which also caused an explosion.
The truck exploded under the freeway bridge prompting a Hazmat situation and road closures. The Department of Environmental Equality was called in to disposed of the diesel fuel properly so as not to contaminate our water supply. The dark plumes of smoke caused poor visibility for drivers which led to the Department of Public Safety to close I-17 at Cactus for a couple hours and crews were called in to inspect the bridge to ensure driver safety.
The driver escaped without injury.