UPDATE: Eastbound lanes of I-10 back open near Red Rock

Published: May. 22, 2017 at 8:56 PM MST|Updated: May. 22, 2017 at 10:39 PM MST
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(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Crash site. (Source: Robert Weslowski/Facebook)
Crash site. (Source: Robert Weslowski/Facebook)
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(Source: Jordan Carpenter)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The eastbound lanes are back open tonight, according to an Arizona Department of Transportation tweet.

A multiple-vehicle accident near Tucson Monday afternoon closed both east and westbound lanes of I-10 west of Tucson near Red Rock.

It was an under inflated tire and hot weather that may have been the cause of an earlier fiery crash on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, according to information from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, according to DPS.

The crash began when a semi traveling westbound on I-10 near Red Rock had a tire fail on the front left side. According to DPS the driver lost control, entered the median, rolled onto its side and entered the eastbound lanes of I-10.  From there the semi hit a semi hauling a tanker head-on, as well as a passenger vehicle.  A fire broke out and quickly destroyed the semi that rolled and damaged the semi with the tanker.

According to DPS the at-fault driver refused medical treatment at the scene.  The driver of the tanker truck was flown from the scene with a head injury, while the two passengers in the car were able to get themselves out. They were transported by ground to a hospital in Tucson for treatment.

DPS is reminding drivers that high temperatures cause added stress to tires and that they should make sure their tires are in good repair, of equal sizing, routinely inspected, and inflated to recommended pressure.

Update from ADOT, as of 7:19 p.m. both westbound lanes of I-10 are back open, while eastbound lanes remain closed and traffic is detoured around the crash site. According to DPS the shoulder on the eastbound side is open, and traffic is moving slowly through the area. The eastbound lanes will remain closed while crews clear the scene.

Traffic on eastbound I-10 had been re-routed off at the Red Rock exit,with cars taking the frontage road to Marana Road to get back on I-10, according to an ADOT tweet.

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