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I-10 westbound near Tucson shuts down due to crash, causing long delays

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PHOENIX — The Interstate 10 westbound near Marana, a small town northwest of Tucson, has been closed because of a crash, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The I-10 westbound was closed at Red Rock early Sunday afternoon. Traffic was able to get past the crash by driving on the shoulder, but the department warned drivers that delays could continue for miles and they should take alternative routes.

Details of the crash were unclear. It was also unknown when the highway would be reopened.

The eastbound portion of the highway was open after the crash, but was temporarily closed around 5 p.m. to allow Arizona Department of Public Safety to investigate the accident. Two lanes reopened an hour later and all lanes reopened shortly after 8 p.m.

The crash and subsequent long delays came one day after drivers on the southbound Interstate 17 experienced hours of traffic due to a brush fire. One lane was shut down because of the fire, causing 15 miles of backup near Sunset Point at milepost 249 at the Bumble Bee exit.

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