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Car fire causes big backup along I-17 near Cordes Junction

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Courtesy: Marc Martinez Courtesy: Marc Martinez

CORDES JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona transportation officials warned travelers of a major backup on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix on Thursday.

Officials say a vehicle fire forced the closure of the northbound lanes near Cordes Junction. That has resulted in a backup that stretched for about 10 miles, starting from five miles south of Cordes Junction and the intersection of State Route 69.

Drivers were stuck taking detours while crews cleared the scene.

The highway was later reopened.

For more information about highway closures and restrictions, go to www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

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