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Published on May 20, 2024
Dump Truck Crash on Loop 101 Ramp Causes Morning Delays for East Valley CommutersSource: ADOT

East Valley commuters faced delays early Monday after a dump truck crash prompted the closure of a major highway transition ramp. The accident occurred on the westbound ramp from Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway to Loop 101 at around 3 a.m., when a dump truck hit a concrete barrier and tipped over, according to reports from 12 News.

The driver of the dump truck was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, as Department of Public Safety officials have mentioned that impairment may have been a factor in the mishap. As a result of the crash, investigators observed significant damage to the roadway on the ramp, necessitating extensive repairs before reopening could be considered.

Authorities had to shut down the affected ramp for several hours, causing traffic to back up during the early morning commute. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) did not immediately provide an estimated time for the reopening of the ramp, placing travelers in a bind as they navigated alternative routes.

The ramp eventually reopened around 8 a.m., easing the congestion that had built up throughout the morning. The information of the reopening was first reported by AZ Family, who also noted that while the driver's condition was stable, the authorities have still not dismissed impairment, as a possible cause for the crash.

While the incident caused significant inconvenience for motorists, the prompt response from emergency services and repair crews helped to mitigate the traffic issues as quickly as possible. The investigation into the exact cause of the crash is ongoing.