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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A semi truck carrying a load of fuel caught fire during rush hour traffic Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported in the northbound lanes of I-49 and Blue Ridge Boulevard around 3:45 p.m. Before the fire, the semi was involved in a crash with two other cars.

A man in one of the cars was taken to the hospital for trauma related injuries. He’s said to be in stable condition. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control after 4 p.m.

According to MoDOT, the tanker fire caused significant damage to the overhead sign truss above the northbound lanes. Crews have requested a crane to move the truss, but that could be delayed due to storms in the area.

While this work is going on, all northbound traffic will be diverted to 150 Highway. The southbound lanes of I-40 should re-open after the fuel spill is cleaned up by hazmat crews.

The semi was reportedly carrying over 8,000 pounds of gasoline.


Semi fire photo courtesy Ben Stallings