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Updated Nov 21, 2012 - 11:40 am

I-10 west of Phoenix reopens after accidents

PHOENIX -- Eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 west of Phoenix have reopened after closures because of overnight accidents.

The accident, about 30 miles west of Phoenix near State Route 85, involved two cars and two semi-trucks late Tuesday night.

The left shoulder of the road is closed in both directions and speed limit in the area is 55 mph.

A couple's argument set off the chain reaction. A family with five children were collateral damage. Their SUV was clipped by the car with the arguing couple and rolled over.

The family was taken to a hospital, where two of the children underwent surgery. All are expected to survive.

Arizona Department of Public Safety's Sgt. Jason Yeager said while officers were dealing with the two-car crash, not far away a semi-truck plowed into another big rig and burst into flames, killing the driver.

The driver of the car that triggered these crashes faces aggravated assault charges at the minimum. DPS said it had been traveling at a high rate of speed.

Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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