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Interstate 40 Accident

Flagstaff Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Interstate 40 on Thursday. One person died at the scene.

One person was killed in an accident on Interstate 40 that forced a detour of westbound traffic for several hours Thursday afternoon, according to a press release.

Flagstaff Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire at mile marker 204 on Interstate 40 at about 3 p.m. While en route, crews noticed a large, black column of smoke and requested dispatch send another engine, a water tender and a battalion chief to the location.

Upon arrival, crews found a semi-truck that had rear ended another semi-truck, with heavy smoke and flames showing. Crews deployed hose lines and made an aggressive attack on the fire. For the next two hours, units remained on scene to assist with fire control and scene stability as law enforcement conducted preliminary investigations and ADOT worked to clear the debris to reopen the interstate.

The driver of the semi-truck who rear-ended the other vehicle died at the scene. FFD received support from Summit Fire and Medical Department, ADOT, DPS, Guardian Medical Transport, and the county medical examiner, to name a few, throughout the duration of this incident.

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