Truck fire backs up traffic on Kansas Turnpike just east of Lawrence

Westbound traffic on the Kansas Turnpike was at a standstill late Tuesday afternoon due to a truck fire near Lawrence.

All lanes were closed shortly before 3:30 p.m. due to a semi fire at mile marker 205 — a mile east of the exit in North Lawrence — according to a post on the Kansas Turnpike’s Twitter feed.

By 6 p.m., westbound traffic was limited to one lane as tow truck drivers were attempting to remove the truck and trailer, according to a Journal-World reporter on the scene. Traffic in the one open westbound lane was backed up seven miles to mile marker 212.

A Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatcher said that all lanes were opened shortly after 6 p.m. and that traffic was running normally.

More information on the incident was not immediately available.