I-80 Reopens After Truck Burns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A section of Interstate 80 east of Reno reopened Friday morning after a truck loaded with hazardous materials burned all night, authorities said.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Lindley said the truck caught fire around 8:30 p.m. Thursday about 45 miles east of Reno and 15 miles east of Fernley.

He said I-80 traffic was detoured around the fire overnight using U.S. highways 50 and 95 via Fallon.

The eastbound truck was carrying a load of sulfuric acid and other hazardous materials in separate containers when the fire broke out, the NHP said.

No one was hurt. Firefighters used foam to put out the fire sometime Friday morning, Lindley said.

Crews still were at the scene Friday afternoon removing hazardous materials that did not burn.

Hazardous materials crews were most concerned about the sulfuric acid because it can be deadly when combined with water.

They also were concerned that fumes would cause a health hazard to passing motorists, the NHP said.

Westbound lanes were reopened about 7:30 a.m., while one eastbound lane reopened later in the morning, Lindley said.

The other eastbound lane still had not reopened by mid-Friday afternoon, an NHP dispatcher said.

The name of the driver and his employer were not immediately available.

The accident is under investigation.


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