Several miles of Interstate 49 were shut down early this morning when a tanker truck carrying a hazardous material caught fire. No one was injured, but state officials immediately called HazMat units and shut down the interstate between Meeker and Forest Hill. Troopers say it could have been a deadly situation, so they acted to shut down roads that could be affected. They also called in other trucks to off-load the product.
The truck caught fire while the driver was on the road. Troopers started shutting down both lanes of the interstate shortly after 7 this morning. By 2 this afternoon, both lanes were again open.
An investigation is underway to see why that happened.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/30/13