Crashed ethanol truck catches fire on I-55

Crashed ethanol truck catches fire, shuts down I-55 in Marion

MARION, Ark. (WMC) - A crash in Crittenden County, Arkansas, caused hours of traffic problems Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported just before 2 a.m., impacting all lanes in both directions. The lanes weren’t reopened until nearly 9 hours later.

According to Marion Fire Department, an 18-wheeler overturned, sending the driver to the hospital.

At 1:36am Marion Fire responded to Interstate 55 southbound at the 12 mile marker for an overturned 18 wheeler that was involved with fire. The driver of the truck sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital. The truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol. At 4:27am crews are still on the scene. A hazmat crew is on the scene along with the county Office of Emergency Management. West Memphis Fire Department assisted with fire attack and foam operations. Crawfordsville, Edmondson, Gilmore and Heafer Fire assisted with tanker operations. The southbound lanes will be completely shut down for an extended amount of time. Please look for alternate ways to bypass the scene. All firefighters are ok.

Posted by Marion Fire Department on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

MFD said the truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol and caught fire. Hazmat crews were called to the scene to battle the fire and clean up the ethanol spill.

(Source: Marion Fire Department)
(Source: Marion Fire Department)

Officials pumped the ethanol into a different truck before clearing off the wrecked truck.

Everything has since been cleared and traffic is once again free to move.

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