San Simon accident

One person was injured in this three-semi-truck accident Monday, at least partially caused by blowing dust.  More wind is likely this week, so drive with care.

One person was injured in a collision involving three semi-trucks on I-10 Monday near San Simon.

The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 25, closing the westbound lane and diverting traffic off the freeway.

Public Information Officer Quentin Mehr, with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), said that all three semis were traveling westbound when the accident occurred.

While there was no hazmat situation, one truck was carrying paint and another was a Fed Ex truck carrying packages, he said.

One driver was transported from the scene to Banner University Medical in Tucson, Mehr said.

the accident is still under investigation, but DPS Public Information Officer Bart Graves said, “Weather was a factor in this crash (blowing dust).”

“Basically, all three semis jackknifed,” he said. “One of the drivers was trapped in his cab and had to be extricated. To my knowledge, he suffered serious but non life threatening injuries. There were no other injuries.”

No further information was available.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, a 62-mile stretch of I-10 was closed between Highway 191 (Safford turnoff) and Lordsburg due to blowing dust.

The detour route was about 110 miles.

Mehr said Tuesday he knew of no other accidents in the area Monday. Eastbound I-10 was reopened at 6:30 p.m. and westbound lanes remained closed while crews cleaned up the scene.

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