Early morning fire torches tanker truck near Gypsum
EAGLE — A tanker truck carrying jet fuel to the airport didn’t make it when it caught fire early this morning.
The driver of the Kicker Energy Truck was hauling 7,000 gallons of jet fuel when the right front wheel came off, according to a report from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.
Flames shot high into the early morning sky when the truck caught fire, firefighters said.
Mechanical Failure Caused Blaze
The driver was considering getting off at the Eagle exit to get to the airport, but because something wasn’t quite right with the way the truck was handling, he decided to avoid Eagle’s five roundabouts and drive west to the Gypsum exit.
A couple miles west of Eagle on Interstate 70, the right front tire came off.
The driver fought to control the 18-wheeler, finally bringing it to a stop.
He jumped out and tried to put out the fire with his on-board fire extinguisher, but it was already too big, firefighters said.
The driver’s cell phone did not have service, so, at 7:06 a.m. a passing motorist who had stopped called 911.
Firefighters from Eagle and Gypsum responded, and quickly had the fire put out.
Mechanical failure on the right front wheel of the truck started the fire, Eagle fire fighters said.
The wheel and tire came disconnected from the truck. The tire was wrapped around the axle, but the wheel was about 300 yards behind it when it stopped, Eagle firefighters said.
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