I-15 in Midvale, Utah was shut down in both directions for hours last night after a tanker truck hauling 10,000 gallons of fuel caught fire and exploded.
Brake Fire Leads To Tanker Explosions On I-15
According to the Utah State Patrol, the incident began around 7:20 p.m. with a double tanker truck hauling 9000 gallons of gasoline and 1000 gallons of diesel fuel traveling westbound on I-15. Police say that the truck’s brakes caught fire. The truck driver was able to pull over and get out of the truck before the fire spread to the fuel tanks.
The truck was fully engulfed in flames and several explosions occurred.
No injuries have been reported.
Transportation officials shut down I-15 in both directions and battled the blaze for hours before it was officially declared to be around 10:30 p.m.
Northbound lanes of I-15 reopened late last night, but two of the southbound lanes of the interstate were severely damaged by the fire and will be closed down today for repair. Two lanes of southbound I-15 are open, but traffic delays are being reported in the area.