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Townsend-Winona Road near Flagstaff closed after propane truck crash

Townsend-Winona crash
Coconino County Sheriff's Office
A Jeep collided with a propane truck on Townsend-Winona Road on Tue, Jan. 31, 2023, causing a propane leak that caused the indefinite closure of the road.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has partially reopened Townsend-Winona Road near Flagstaff following a crash involving a propane truck Tuesday morning.

Officials say the driver of an SUV dropped his phone and while reaching down to pick it up drifted across the center line hitting the 2,500-gallon propane tanker, tearing off its rear axle.

It caused a leak in the truck with propane potentially pooling near the BNSF railroad tracks leading the company to consider halting train traffic until a haz-mat team deemed the area safe.

No evacuations were necessary in the area.

The drivers had minor injuries and were treated on scene. According to Coconino County officials, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the westbound lane had been reopened after the propane truck was removed and the eastbound lane remained closed pending the removal of the SUV.