ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A burned out trailer smoldered for hours on Interstate 64 during the Friday morning rush.

Officials say the tractor trailer carrying a tandem load caught fire around 5:50 a.m. just east of Jefferson, completely shutting down the interstate until around noon.

A witness told KMOX he heard an explosion then the fire spread to the first of two tandem trailers. Firefighters had been tireless working to keep the fire from spreading to the second trailer. That’s because it contained 55 gallons of a coating resin, called Polytex. A flammable liquid that can cause respiratory problems if inhaled.

Firefighters were able to keep the inferno that destroyed the other trailer and the cab from reaching that second trailer.

The westbound lanes of I-64 were closed for several hours as crews investigated the cause of the fire and then deiced the roadway.

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One man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No word yet on his condition.


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