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Multi-vehicle collision

Two semi-trucks and a tour bus were involved in an eight-vehicle collision on the westbound Interstate 40 on Thursday morning.

An eight-vehicle crash on the westbound Interstate 40 near Parks, Arizona has slowed traffic flowing into Flagstaff Thursday morning.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that eight vehicles were involved in the multi-vehicle collision involving two semi trucks and a tour bus at 8:43 a.m. Officials said that icy roads, slick conditions and speeding are believed to have caused the collision.

There were no injuries reported from the tour bus, but two other drivers from passenger vehicles suffered minor injuries, according to department spokesperson Bart Graves.

The emergency lane has reopened, meanwhile the department is working to have the second lane opened soon.

"Traffic is squeezing by but there is a sizable backup," Graves said.

Graves expected to have all lanes open sometime around noon.

"We advise drivers to stay clear of the area as heavy duty tow trucks arrive on scene for the disabled semi's," Graves said.

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According to National Weather Service data, the May snowstorm dropped one to three inches on the interstate in the area of the collision.

UPDATE at 11:33 a.m. on May 23:

Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger confirmed this year's Coconino County Teacher of the Year Beverly Stearns was in the collision, but is okay.The truck Steans was awarded can be seen photographed in the Arizona Department of Public Safety photo from the scene.

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Honsinger added that the early-morning crash has blocked some employees from getting to their regularly scheduled classes in Williams.

UPDATE at 4:30 p.m. on May 23:

The interstate was cleared and reopened at 1:18 p.m.

The Arizona Daily Sun will update this article as information becomes available.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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