Tanker Truck Fire Shuts Down I-70 Near K.C.

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KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF)- Both lanes of eastbound I-70 just outside Kansas City were closed Friday morning after a tanker flipped over and caught fire. Sgt. Bill Mahoney with KCPD says that the interstate is still not safe to be traveled on. MoDOT had hoped to open two eastbound lanes by 1 p.m., but it soon became clear to them that time was overly ambitious because of the clean-up involved.

MoDOT now says that it may be until after 8 p.m. before they can reopen the interstate.

“We still have chemicals onboard that did not burn off so one of the things is that they’ll (EPA) want to inspect the tanker and make sure that there are no leaks or no threat to the public before we get the thing moving and taken down the road,” Mahoney said.

The closure is very near Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums. There is a Kansas City Royals game scheduled at Kauffman tonight against the Houston Astros.

Both directions of the interstate closed between I-435 to 40 Highway, including the ramps, when the tanker truck burst into flames just before 5 a.m. The driver was able to escape.  He told police his load shifted and he lost control. He said he was carrying liquid products. One of them, identified as polyacetate, is flammable and about 7,000 gallons of it remain unburned in the tanker.

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