I-25 reopened near Denver after fuel truck burned for hours

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Smoke rises from a truck fire on Interstate 25. (South Metro Fire Rescue)

Smoke rises from a truck fire on Interstate 25. (South Metro Fire Rescue)

Update: I-25 was fully reopened on Thursday morning.

Interstate 25 was closed for part of Wednesday between Orchard Road and Belleview Avenue near the Denver Tech Center. A crash and vehicle fire sent plumes of black smoke billowing above the highway the day before, resulting in “epic back-ups,” as CDOT put it.

The fire itself was extinguished a little before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Three of five southbound lanes were reopened as of 5:30 p.m., per CDOT. Northbound lanes remained closed for “several more hours.”

The E, F and R rail lines near the highway were reopened but running on a delay as of 3:20 p.m. They may be your best bet to dodge traffic jams on your commute, if you can manage.

Northbound traffic was detoured to C-470, while southbound vehicles were being sent to I-225 and and U.S. 85. Motorists also were detouring to Parker Road via Lincoln Avenue and Dry Creek Road. Tolls were being waived on E-470.

Westbound Orchard Road also was “blocked” near DTC, per Greenwood Village. As of 2 p.m., Greenwood Village suggested University Boulevard for east-west travel. Quebec Street should be avoided.

South Metro Fire Rescue said the crash involved a large fuel tanker. The truck lost a wheel just before the crash, according to The Denver Post. The fire involved 500 gallons of diesel fuel and 500 gallons of various oil types, per South Metro Fire Rescue.

A burned truck on Interstate 25. (CDOT)

A burned truck on Interstate 25. (CDOT)

One person was injured in the wreck, which happened just before noon. A witness told ABC7 that a nearby “road crew” pulled a man from a burning vehicle, adding that there were multiple explosions. CDOT confirmed that two of its employees rescued the driver.

Dayle Cedars reports for the station that a nearby ambulance was able to transport the man to Swedish Medical Center.

As 9News’ Jeremy Jojola pointed out, drivers drove straight over fuel spilling from the burning truck.

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