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Tanker fire shuts down freeway

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 9:15 a.m. MST

A tanker fire near Echo Dam shut down all lanes on I-80 while crews extinguished the blaze Wednesday morning.

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COALVILLE — A tanker fire near Echo Dam shut down all lanes on I-80 while crews extinguished the blaze Wednesday morning.

At 6:09 a.m., the Utah Highway Patrol received a call of a tanker on fire near Echo Dam in Summit County.

The fire began near the brakes on the first of two trailers the semi was towing, Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said. Crews were able to extinguish the fire before it reached the fuel. The tanker fuel did not leak.

No other vehicles were involved in the fire, and there were no reported injuries.

The fire initially shut down the freeway entirely. Eastbound lanes opened just before 7 a.m. Traffic headed west was originally rerouted to the Echo Canyon Highway. All lanes on the freeway were reopened by 9:50 a.m.

— Whitney Evans, Linda Williams

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