Motor Home Wreck Paralyzes Valley Freeways; Taking Three Hours to Clean it Up Sure Didn't Help Things
If you're like us, you may have been later than usual for work this morning due to a colossal wreck on the westbound I-10.
At about 6:40 a.m. a tractor trailer, a motor home, and a passenger vehicle crossed paths near 32nd Street to create the perfect storm for Valley commuters.
According to DPS officials, the tractor trailer clipped the passenger vehicle causing it to spin out and hit the motor home. The motor home and the passenger vehicle both rolled over until the motor home came to a stop when it hit the center median, blocking the HOV lane.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured. However, thousands of motorists suffered through lengthy delays because it took nearly three hours to remove the wreckage.
A hyperactive kid with a few bags of Skittles could have probably moved the wreckage faster but apparently snapping a few photos for insurance purposes is more important than thousands of people getting to work on time.
KTAR's "Detour" Dan Beach was perched in the KTAR traffic plane and said the wreck was affecting almost every freeway in town. According to "Detour" Dan, there were nine to 20-mile back ups on almost all of the Valley freeways as a result of the wreck, including a 20-mile delay on the eastbound side of the I-10 caused by people who just had to stop and take a look.
Spirits were high, however, on the I-10 as the parking lot the highway had become was full of people waving and talking to each other through the windows of their parked cars.
If you were smart, though, and in no mood for hanging out -- although it is discouraged by transportation officials -- you could have flipped it through the airport and avoided the whole scene. Trust us.
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