Hwy 67 reopens after tanker overturned, caught fire

Published: Jul. 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM CDT
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(Source: Andrew Sloan via Twitter)
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JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – An 18-wheeler that overturned on Highway 67 between Swifton and Alicia temporarily shut down the highway Friday morning.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, the tanker appeared to overcorrect causing the truck to overturn and catch fire.

Police say the tanker was hauling 7,900 gallons of ethanol.

The truck's driver was taken to Harris Hospital in Newport by ambulance, where Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says he was being treated for minor injuries.

Highway 67 was shut down in all directions while crews allowed the flaming tanker to burn itself out.

"Hazmat and the Office of Emergency Services decided that the best thing to do was to let it burn out instead of putting any foam or anything on it," Sheriff Lucas said.

Around 3:45 p.m. Friday, the local Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department office confirmed all lanes of Highway 67 are back open, but the truck's burned shell has yet to be removed.

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