A tanker truck rolled on SR 87 between Phoenix and Payson, spilling its load of liquid asphalt Tuesday.
South of Payson
PAYSON, AZ (CBS5) -
Traffic is flowing in both directions of State Route 87 between Phoenix and Payson after crews cleaned up a liquid asphalt spill from a tanker truck crash Tuesday.
The northbound lanes were the last to open. A stretch between the Saguaro Lake turnoff and the State Route 188 junction reopened about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Doug Nitzel of the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The truck rolled at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at milepost 228, about 30 miles south of Payson, injuring the driver.
The liquid asphalt spilled into the northbound, southbound lanes and the immediate area near the crash, said Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Officer Carrick Cook.
DPS and ADOT hazmat crews worked on the cleanup, Cook said.
Cook said officers believe that speed was the primary cause for the crash. The driver was taken to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital and is expected to be OK.
State Route 87 was closed in both directions for 12 miles between Sycamore Road and the State Route 188 junction (mileposts 223-235).
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