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I-40 reopens after tanker fire

by Arkansas Online | June 29, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. | Updated June 29, 2016 at 1:16 p.m.
A tanker fire closed part of Interstate 40 near Kerr on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

1:15 P.M. UPDATE

Both directions of traffic are now open more than an hour after Interstate 40 lanes were shut after a tanker fire.

EARLIER:

A truck fire has shut down part of Interstate 40.

Arkansas State Police said a commercial vehicle was reported on fire in the westbound lanes near Kerr, which is east of Little Rock, in Lonoke County.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, citing state police, said shortly before 12:30 p.m. that the fire was contained but westbound lanes remained shut. Eastbound lanes, which had been closed earlier, were back open then.

The Arkansas Online live traffic map showed significant backup in that area.

Photo by Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
This photograph released by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department shows a truck that had caught fire on Interstate 40, stalling traffic in the area.
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