UPDATE 9am: Highway 72 temporarily opened. Road damage from the burning fuel will necessitate road repairs later.
UPDATE 9:15am: Highway 95 one lane is reportedly open to traffic.
Both AZ-72 near Bouse, AZ and US-95 near Lost Lake, CA are blocked this morning after vehicle accidents involving semis on fire. Morning commutes may be interrupted.
The first incident occurred Wednesday night when a semi tanker truck rolled over and caught fire on Highway 72 near Bouse (mile posts 29-30), according to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. Early reports suggested that the driver could not be located.
This morning, the 72 is still closed and may be unavailable to traffic until mid-morning at soonest.
The second incident occurred Thursday morning when reportedly another semi on fire blocked both lanes of Highway 95 on the California side of the Colorado River north of Lost Lake. Morning commuters reported that Caltrans was waiting for the fire department in the 5 o’clock hour Thursday morning and holding traffic back at that location.
No word on when the route is expected to open. Parker Live will update this post when we hear updates.