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PHOENIX -- A fiery, fatal accident involving a big rig forced Interstate 10 at the Broadway Road curve to be closed in both directions early Thursday.

By 10 a.m. three lanes were re-opened in each direction.

The truck driver, who was heading east on the freeway, died. Witnesses said the truck hit the median, followed by an explosion around 5 a.m.

Other vehicles were caught in the wake, and several people suffered minor injuries, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Drivers in both directions of I-10 had been forced to exit at State Route 143, although some westbound cars were able to stay on the I-10.

The closure also affected U.S. 60 westbound in the East Valley.

Cause of the accident is as yet unknown.

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