UPDATE: Coffee Creamer Crash closes Interstate 10 in Phoenix (Now Open)


02/13/13 - A truck accident in Arizona has closed westbound Interstate 10 in central Phoenix, possibly through rush hour.
The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened around 12:45 a.m. at the State Route 51 mini-stack.

Officer Carrick Cook said a semi-truck carrying coffee creamer rolled over on the westbound freeway lanes and fuel began to leak onto the roadway causing extensive damage.

The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.

Cook said a lengthy delay in cleaning up the mess is anticipated, affecting traffic into the 9 o'clock hour.
Officials are warning drivers to avoid the area if they are traveling to the west Valley.

Traffic is being diverted onto the State Route 51 and State Route 202 freeways. Drivers can also take Interstate 17 and McDowell Road and Van Buren Street to get around the crash.

UPDATE: 

Interstate 10 westbound reopened Wednesday after a semitruck carrying coffee creamer rolled on the freeway near Arizona 51, creating massive traffic headaches for morning commuters.

The semitruck spilled its load and diesel fuel onto the roadway just before 1 a.m. The driver suffered minor injuries.

The diesel was not a big a problem as initially feared, but the creamer spill stretched for more than 50 yards of the freeway, said Carrick Cook, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Interstate 10 was closed for nearly 12 hours because crews had to clean up the liquid creamer, remove the remaining contents in the trailer and get the trailer out of the way. Officials had hoped the freeway would reopen by 8 a.m.

The process of transferring the remaining creamer in the truck, however, was tedious, said Doug Nintzel, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Westbound drivers were diverted onto Arizona 51. Traffic from the East Valley shifted to the Loop 202 Red Mountain freeway, Interstate 17, Arizona 143 and Washington Avenue. A crash on Loop 202 westbound near Scottsdale Road created significant delays for drivers trying to avoid I-10 during peak commuting hours.

Interstate 10 might need to be partially closed again to get the damaged trailer off the side of the freeway, especially if there is any significant damage to trailer such as a broken axle.