Tanker truck explosion closes I-70 in Kansas City

Courtesy of KSNW
Courtesy of KSNW

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(KSNW)KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A nearly 2-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas City is closed after a tanker truck crashed and exploded into flames, injuring the driver.

The single-vehicle accident occurred early Friday when the tanker hit a median and caught fire. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the truck was hauling a flammable solvent, some of which spilled after the crash.

Jesse Skinner, district maintenance engineer for the transportation department, says the driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

He says crews from the fire department, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency were at the scene to ensure the solvent was contained. He says there’s no threat to public safety.

The highway department says the highway could be closed until late Friday.

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