Kan. tractor-trailer fire temporarily closes I-70


SOLOMON, Kan. (AP) Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 had to be rerouted for several hours after a tractor-trailer carrying hazardous materials caught fire in central Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the rig’s driver reported a fire at the rear of his trailer about 5 a.m. Sunday. The driver stopped on the shoulder of the westbound lane of I-70 just east of the Solomon exit.

The Salina Journal reported that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was called to the scene after firefighters contained the blaze.

The patrol says the tractor-trailer was hauling aluminum hydroxide, printer ink, motor oil and other materials.

One westbound lane of interstate traffic was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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