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PHOENIX - One person was killed when two tankers collided, sparking a massive blaze on the westbound I-10 at Chandler Boulevard.

Police in the city of Chandler and state police ordered the evacuations of at least two hotels and businesses alongside I-10, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

Eastbound Interstate 10 has reopened. The Loop 202 westbound at Loop 101 has reopened.

PHOTOS: Tanker collision sparks fire on I-10

Westbound I-10 closed at Loop 202 until at least 5 a.m. on Thursday.

ADOT will make repairs to the roadway overnight.

Motorists should expect very heavy delays and use alternate routes into the metro-Phoenix region.

After assessing the damage this afternoon, ADOT engineers determined the pavement was severely damaged due to the fire and needed to be replaced. In an effort to minimize the inconvenience to drivers, crews will work overnight to remove the damaged pavement, which extends approximately 150 foot-long, 80-feet wide, and will replace it with a new top layer of asphalt to return westbound I-10 to a safe, drivable condition.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash. ADOT crews are also on the scene and working with local emergency responders to reopen the highway as soon as possible.

The following closures and restrictions are in place until further notice; westbound I-10 closed at Loop 202 (Santan Freeway), westbound HOV Loop 202 to I-10 westbound is closed, westbound I-10 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard on-ramp closed.

As an alternative, ADOT is suggesting the following detour: Use eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) to northbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) to westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) to reconnect with westbound I-10.

The crash involved a milk tanker rear-ending another tanker truck carrying 7,700 gallons of diesel gas.

Police in the city of Chandler and state police ordered the evacuations of at least two hotels and businesses alongside I-10, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The driver of the milk truck was killed in the intense fire that sent flames skyward and black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

According to Phoenix Fire Department the driver of the other tanker was shaken up but uninjured.

The rear tanker engulfed in flames and smoke immediately. It was nearly two hours before the flames were put out by fire crews.

Thick black smoke was visible for miles.

It took fire crews about 10 minutes to douse the flames when they attacked it. Although the tanker carrying diesel fuel had burned furiously for nearly two hours when fire crews moved in, the flames were still fierce and showed no sign of letting up.

"It would have burned all day," Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott McDonald said. "There was plenty of fuel to burn in that truck."

Information from The Associated Press used in this story.

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