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BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. — A portion of Interstate 17 was closed for hours due to a fatal collision, prompting Arizona transportation officials to warn holiday travelers of delays.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says Saturday's crash involved a driver traveling in the wrong direction on southbound I-17 north of Black Canyon City.

Television station KNXV reports two people were killed in the multi-vehicle crash.

Both directions of the interstate were reopened by the afternoon, but officials say the heavy backup was expected to take some time to unwind.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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