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Interstate 70 in Kansas City Closed by Tanker Fire

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A tanker truck carrying polyacetate, a substance used in glue, crashed into the median and burst into a fireball just before 5 a.m Friday.  (Photo via kctv5.com)

A tanker truck carrying polyacetate, a substance used in glue, crashed into the median and burst into a fireball just before 5 a.m Friday. (Photo via kctv5.com)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nearly 2-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas City is closed after a tanker truck crashed and exploded into flames, injuring the driver.

The single-vehicle accident occurred early Friday in eastern Kansas City when the tanker hit a median and caught fire. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the truck was hauling a flammable solvent, some of which spilled after the crash.

Jesse Skinner, district maintenance engineer for the transportation department, says the driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

He says crews from the fire department, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency were at the scene to ensure the solvent was contained. He says there’s no threat to public safety.

The highway is expected to reopen about noon.

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