Archive for Monday, July 26, 2010

Traffic slows on Kansas Turnpike because of truck fire

Traffic is backed up on the eastbound lane of the Kansas Turnpike as fire crews work to extinguish a semitrailer fire.

July 26, 2010, 5:09 p.m. Updated July 26, 2010, 5:19 p.m.


Kansas Turnpike Fire

Crews have extinguished a fire on a semitrailer Monday afternoon on the Kansas Turnpike about 13 miles east of the West Lawrence exit, a dispatcher for the Kansas Turnpike Authority said.

The truck, which was hauling leather products, caught fire in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County. Crews were still cleaning up at 5 p.m., the dispatcher said.

No injuries have been reported.

Fire crews from Fairmount and Stranger townships in Leavenworth County responded.

Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane through the area, and the Kansas Turnpike Authority warned of delays. Witnesses said traffic was lined up several miles west of the accident, to the Tonganoxie interchange, or milemarker 212.


KEITHMILES05 7 years, 10 months ago

The turnpike is truly a mess since they've reduced traffic to one lane.

windjammer 7 years, 10 months ago

This accident did not happen in the one lane construction. But you are correct about the mess.

ooophelia 7 years, 10 months ago

I drove past it going west and it was cra-zay.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 10 months ago

not too crazy. he had time to pull his rig out from under the burning trailer. last week I drove in from out east and saw two different burned out trucks (front to back). that's an awesome sight.

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