Tanker Truck Fire Stops Traffic In Alvarado
A tanker truck fire shut down Interstate-35W in Alvarado early on April 27, 2012. (credit: KTVT/KTXA)
ALVARADO (CBSDFW.COM) - A jackknifed tanker truck caught on fire along Interstate-35W in Alvarado early Friday morning, shutting down the highway in both directions just before the morning rush hour. The incident happened just before 4:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near County Road 604, not far from the intersection with Highway 67.
Emergency crews from Burleson, Cleburne and Johnson County arrived on the scene to help battle the flames. Initial reports indicated that crews may let the fire burn out before attempting to remove the wreckage.
There have been no reports of injuries from the fire.
Southbound traffic along the interstate, between Alvarado and Burleson, is being diverted to the service road. Northbound travelers are being told to take Cummings Drive past the fiery scene. Officials are still not sure how long the delays will last. “It very well may be a couple of hours,” said Val Lopez with the Texas Department of Transportation. “At this point, we do have motorists detoured to the frontage road. Obviously, there’s going to be a tremendous backup during this time.”
Drivers who must travel near the area are urged to seek alternate routes. Check our traffic section to plan your trip before leaving the house.
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