- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on an accident that partially closed Interstate 40 in northern Arizona (all times local):

10 a.m.

Eastbound Interstate 40 has reopened in northern Arizona after an accident closure that lasted much of Thursday morning.

The state Department of Public Safety says the accident occurred just east of Winslow about 3 a.m. when a tractor-trailer truck overturned and then was struck by a second rig.

According to DPS, one of the drivers was injured.

The DPS says the semi that overturned was carrying auto batteries and that smoke broke and spilled what’s described as a small amount of battery fluid.

9 a.m.

Authorities say a Thursday morning closure of eastbound Interstate 40 in northern Arizona resulted from an accident in which a tractor-trailer truck overturned and then was struck by a second rig.

The state Department of Public Safety says the accident occurred east of Winslow shortly after 3 a.m. after a driver lost control of his vehicle and it rolled onto its side. One of the drivers was injured.

The DPS says the semi that overturned was carrying auto batteries and that smoke broke and spilled what’s described as a small amount of battery fluid.

The Arizona Department of Transportation recommended that eastbound travelers take a lengthy detour into southern Arizona to reach New Mexico via Interstates 17 and 10.

However, the DPS estimates that one lane of eastbound I-40 will reopen late Thursday morning.

7:35 a.m.

Authorities are recommending a lengthy detour into southern Arizona to avoid an accident closure of eastbound Interstate 40 east of Winslow in northern Arizona.

The state Department of Transportation says is recommending that travelers, particularly commercial vehicles, get on southbound Interstate 17 in Flagstaff to connect with eastbound Interstate 10 in Phoenix to reach New Mexico.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says there are multiple injuries from the accident that involved three tractor-trailer rigs.

There’s no immediate estimate when eastbound I-40 will reopen.

The Transportation Department says there’s no nearby alternate to get around the closure. It earlier suggested a 160-mile detour involves exiting I-40 at Winslow and taking State Routes 87 and 264 and U.S. 191 to return to I-40 at Chambers.

6:15 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says there are multiple injuries from an accident that has closed eastbound Interstate 40 east of Winslow in northern Arizona.

There’s no immediate estimate when eastbound I-40 will reopen following the Thursday morning accident involving three tractor-trailer rigs but the Arizona Department of Transportation says the closure could be lengthy.

The Transportation Department says there’s no nearby alternate to get around the closure.

Drivers traveling north on Interstate 17 to reach eastbound I-40 can avoid the closure by exiting I-17 at Camp Verde and taking State Routes 260, 277 and 377 to reach I-40 at Holbrook.

6:00 a.m.

Eastbound Interstate 40 is closed near Winslow because of an accident, and authorities say the closure will be lengthy.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the crash involves three tractor-trailer rigs and occurred Thursday morning just east of Winslow.

ADOT says there’s no estimated time to reopen eastbound lanes but that westbound lanes remain open in the area.

The department says there’s no nearby alternate to get around the closure.

ADOT says a 160-mile detour involves exiting I-40 at Winslow and taking State Routes 87 and 264 and U.S. 191 to return to I-40 at Chambers.

Drivers traveling north on Interstate 17 to reach eastbound I-40 can avoid the closure by exiting I-17 at Camp Verde and taking State Routes 260, 277 and 377 to reach I-40 at Holbrook.

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