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Saturday, August 13, 2011

CSW BREAKING: Tanker-Truck Fire Has U.S. 71 Closed in South KC-MO

A tanker truck caught fire on northbound U.S. 71 south of 75th Street around 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning- shutting the highway down to traffic.

The "8000-gallon" tanker was reportedly nearly empty of diesel fuel in it's rear delivery compartment- and the rear of the trailer was heavily-involved in flames when the first fire crews arrived at 2:24 a.m..

The front compartment of the tanker-trailer had held gasoline- according to the truck's driver who was not hurt.

Additional fire companies- Haz-Mat-71 and a fire department "foam tanker" also responded to this scene.

A fire pumper's turret (deck gun) was initially used on the fire which did get into the tanker-trailer's fuel compartment.

That company was moved after knocking most of the fire down- and water supply was brought to a ladder truck for a safer-to-position aerial stream.

The fire was reported out at 2:49 a.m. with no explosion and no injuries.

Both directions of U.S. 71 between 75th and 85th Streets were closed to traffic.

Southbound re-opened around 3:20 a.m. and northbound opened again around 4:35 a.m..


Anonymous said...

I still can't believe I am lucky enough to still have my husband alive. He was the driver.

Groucho K. Marx said...

Thank The Great Spirit for miracles.

Did your husband have an idea how the tanker-trailer caught fire in the first place?