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BREAKING: Highway 67 south of truck fire now open

(Source: Daniela McKenzie) (Source: Daniela McKenzie)
Location of the truck fire (Source: IDriveArkansas.com) Location of the truck fire (Source: IDriveArkansas.com)
Randolph Co. officials have blocked traffic miles away (Source: KAIT) Randolph Co. officials have blocked traffic miles away (Source: KAIT)
RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

4:52 p.m. UPDATE: Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble told Region 8 News that the road south of the scene of this afternoon's truck fire is back open. A wrecker has been called to the scene for cleanup.

Catch LIVE reports coming up on Region 8 News at 5 and 6.


4:24 p.m. UPDATE: The fire is now out, according to Bo Graham, the Randolph County director of emergency management.

The tires, brakes and air bags caught fire, he said. 

Graham confirmed there was no chemical release of the ammonium nitrate slurry on the trailer.

Arkansas State Police will be in charge of moving the trailer. They are contacting a wrecker service.

Officers are diverting traffic along the old highway. 


4:20 p.m. UPDATE: Whitney Green, public information officer for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, tells Region 8 News there was no release of the chemical.

She said the truck tires were the only thing that caught fire.

Crews on the scene have not confirmed if the fire is out or not.


3:55 p.m. UPDATE:  Randolph County Judge David Jansen confirms the truck is loaded with 44,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.

The Arkansas State Police Bomb Squad is on the way to the scene and local crews are suiting up to fight the fire.

Meanwhile, they have evacuated a half-mile radius from the scene. Jansen said it is "not very populated," so he was not sure how many homes would be affected.

Jack Adams, manager of Cole's Grocery in Reyno, said that police are rerouting traffic onto the old highway. No one, he said, is allowed below Reyno.

He said that they have received no evacuation notices in town.


3:07 p.m. UPDATE:  Randolph County Judge David Jansen says the fire is located 15 miles north of Pocahontas, between Biggers and Reyno.

Sheriff Gary Tribble is en route to the scene.


Crews are responding to a report of a semi truck loaded with explosives on fire.

The truck, according to a Randolph County sheriff’s deputy, is located in the 14000-block of Highway 67 North.

Motorists should avoid this area.

Region 8 News has a crew on the way and will have more details as they become available.

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