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Southbound I-17 reopens just north of metro Phoenix after fatal crash

Feb 20, 2024, 3:53 PM | Updated: 6:06 pm

Southbound I-17 was closed for a fatal crash on Feb. 20, 2024. (ADOT Photo)...

Southbound I-17 was closed for a fatal crash on Feb. 20, 2024. (ADOT Photo)

(ADOT Photo)

PHOENIX — The southbound lanes of Interstate 17 reopened after a fatal crash caused a closure north of metro Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The freeway was closed at New River Road at about 3:30 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. New River is about 35 miles north of downtown Phoenix.

The single-vehicle accident that killed two people took place at milepost 232, ADOT said.

The northbound lanes weren’t affected by the crash.

Although the southbound I-17 reopened, traffic was still heavy as of 6 p.m. ADOT said the backup currently extends about ten miles long.

“The queue will take some time to clear,” ADOT announced.

No other information was available.

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Southbound I-17 reopens just north of metro Phoenix after fatal crash