Interstate 25 near Denver reopens after tanker fire

Lynne Hanson
June 2, 2017

Wednesday at about noon, a fuel tanker caught fire on Interstate 25 near Orchard. The E, F, and R lines are shut down between Dry Creek and Belleview stations.

A tanker smolders along the retaining wall separating northbound from southbound lanes on Interstate 25 Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Crews have opened some southbound lanes.

"We're excited to be one of the few things rolling through I-25 right now", Currey said.

A witness told KMGH-TV that the truck was smoking before it crashed into the concrete median and burst into flames. Crews were assessing whether they could patch the pavement or whether they would need to scrape away the damaged asphalt and rebuild the road.

At 2:12 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation issued a news release saying crews were working to fix pavement damaged by heat from the fire. "Truly, all of our crew members who were out on the roadway last night into the early morning demonstrated determination and a high regard for the people of Colorado's lives".

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Southbound I-25 was opened ahead of the evening commute.

Light rail has also started running through the area again and RTD may add extra trains.

It is unclear how long Dominguez has been a driver with Reynolds Transport Company but Dean said he held a valid license.

The truck driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. Bhatt said he did hear reports that someone in a reflective vest helped pull the driver from the burning truck, but he could not identify the good Samaritan.

If part of northbound I-25 does remain closed Thursday morning, CDOT is asking drivers to consider another route. Both directions of I-25 were shut down while fire fighters battled the blaze.

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