Highway 87 Reopened After Spill

The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to a Scottsdale hospital with non life-threatening injuries. DPS has not ruled out speed as the cause of the crash.

The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to a Scottsdale hospital with non life-threatening injuries. DPS has not ruled out speed as the cause of the crash. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Due to a hazardous spill, Highway 87 was closed most of Tuesday, but reopened Wednesday morning after overnight clean up efforts, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Officials initially thought the roadway could be closed as many as two days due to the amount of oil spewed across both sides of the highway.

The highway closed down after a semi truck carrying oil used for paving rolled Tuesday afternoon near milepost 228, at the bottom of Slate Creek.

The driver of the truck was injured and taken by ambulance to a Valley hospital. No other vehicles were involved, said Carrick R. Cook, public information officer with DPS.

Both lanes of travel were closed due hazardous, flammable material on the roadway. The southbound lanes reopened at roughly 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and the northbound lanes, 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Cook said he didn’t know what caused the wreck, but speed may have played a factor.

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Randy Roberson 2 years, 3 months ago

Fascinating how many tank trucks have crashed at that location.

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