Propane Tank Truck Fire Shuts Down Interstate 20 in Arlington

A propane tank truck fire closed both directions of Interstate 20 in Arlington Friday morning and the road could remain closed until Saturday, reports

Arlington Police said a car collided with the truck at about 6:20 a.m. on I-20 near Bowman Springs Road.

The truck rolled on its side, causing a leak to form and eventually the propane began burning. A third car hit the first two vehicles.

“We’re still working out the series of events but happily all three drivers are OK,” said Arlington Police Sgt. Jeff Houston.

After the drivers escaped, police and firefighters backed away from the fire for their own safety.

Firefighters used unmanned hoses to cool the propane tank to keep it from exploding and used a robot to observe the flames as they let the fire burn itself out. Firefighters estimated the 3,000 gallon propane tank could burn through the night, making it impossible to clear the road until Saturday morning.

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