Vehicle Fire Causes 25-Mile I-17 Backup: Sunset Point to Anthem

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A vehicle fire on I-17 near Sunset Point Rest Area Friday, May 26 backed northbound traffic up for miles. Photo courtesy Arizona DPS

A vehicle fire on I-17 near the Sunset Point Rest Area this afternoon backed traffic up more than 20 miles, all the way to Anthem. The backup came at a time of heavy traffic, as many travelers were heading north for the long weekend, with plenty of semi-trucks in the mix.

At around 4:45 p.m., traffic was moving between Anthem Way and New River Road, but the trek took about 10 minutes. By shortly after 5 p.m. the bumper-to-bumper traffic was moving more briskly. But slow-going was expected to continue due to heavy traffic volume.

“Delays continue on I-17 north from the Valley,” ADOT tweeted at about 5:18 p.m. “Slowing begins at Anthem, moderates for a few miles and then resumes to Sunset Point.”

Update, 6:08 p.m.: Remaining slowing “begins north of Table Mesa Road and is heaviest through Black Canyon City and the start of the hill,” ADOT said moments ago.

Update, 7:11 p.m.: ADOT says the backup has cleared.

For current road info, you can visit az511.gov or call 511.

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Traffic at about 5:15 p.m. on Friday, May 26, was backed up from Sunset Point Rest Area on I-17 clear down to Anthem Way. In&Out Staff Photo

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