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Crews working to repair I-15 after gas tanker explosion

January 19, 2018

Firefighters attempt to put out a burning trailer that was hauling thousands of gallons of fuel on Interstate 15 in Midvale, Utah, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Lt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said the truck was southbound on the interstate when a tire caught fire, sending flames toward the tanks. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) — Crews have been working for hours to clear a portion of Interstate 15 in Midvale after a double tanker vehicle hauling gasoline exploded Thursday night.

No one was injured, but the blaze temporarily shut down traffic in both directions.

The Utah Department of Transportation dispatched crews to repair the damaged lanes. The department says crews hope to reopen the remaining closed lanes by 10 a.m.

The Utah Highway Patrol says the tanker had 9,000 gallons of gas and 1,000 gallons of diesel.

The truck driver told police he believes his brakes caught fire, which led to the blaze.

The Utah Air National Guard brought in a specialized, massive fire truck able to extinguish jetliners on fire and drove right into the flames to spray it down.

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