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Tanker catches fire on I-80

More than 300 barrels of fuel carried

A fuel tanker carrying more than 300 barrels (16,500 gallons) of Naphtha fuel was engulfed in flames on Interstate 80 westbound near Echo Canyon on Wednesday morning. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and the driver exited safely. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Rowser)

A fuel tanker carrying more than 300 barrels (16,500 gallons) of highly flammable Naphtha fuel had its rear tanker engulfed by flames on Interstate 80 westbound near Echo Canyon Wednesday morning. The driver exited the vehicle safely.

North Summit Fire and EMS crews were dispatched to the report at 6:10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a North Summit Fire District press release. The incident occurred near mile marker 169.

The flames were quickly extinguished by firefighters, which had been blazing underneath the truck. The second attached trailer was also cooled by firefighters and none of the product inside was lost or involved in the fire, according to the release.

Crews shut down I-80 in both directions until the fire was controlled. The Echo Canyon Highway and rail traffic was also halted.

Although the fire is still under investigation, it is thought to be related to the trailer’s brakes, according to the release.

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