Fiery Crash Shuts Down I-70

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Monday, January 16 2006 Jan 16, 2006 Monday, January 16, 2006 6:36:53 AM CST January 16, 2006 in News

"We had fire that was over the treetops at the time, so it was a very significant fire," said Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Firefighters arrived and found the truck contained acetylene, which is an extremely flammable gas used for cutting and welding. The driver died in the crash, but a passenger survived and was taken to the hospital.

Authorities say the outcome could have been much worse, but the tanks weren't full.

"This truck normally contains about 90,000 cubic feet of acetylene," said Brad Harris of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "This truck is estimated to have 15-20,000 cubic feet."

Blomenkamp said, "Knowing that the gas itself is burning off, we can kind of control that and see where that gas is because it's being consumed by fire."

Now Hazmat teams must lean up what remains. The Highway Patrol re-opened all lanes of traffic Sunday afternoon. The DNR doesn't expect any lasting damage to the environment after cleanup.

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