Tanker carrying 1,300 gallons of fuel catches fire near Tea
No one was injured when a tanker carrying 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel burst into flames in I-29 south of Sioux Falls. Tea Fire Chief Grant Van Riesen tells KSFY the truck lost a U-joint, which sparked the blaze. The driver made it out unscathed.
Tea firefighters had the fire out within 15 minutes, however, leaking fuel caused a Hazmat situation. This caused a two-hour closure of northbound lanes. The remaining fuel was transferred to another tanker before I-29 was reopened.
A fuel truck fire has rerouted traffic along Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls, and traffic is expected to be slow as crews continue to clean up the area.
It happened near the 73-mile marker on I-29. Fire rescue crews responded to the fuel truck fire at about 10:50 am Monday. No one was injured in the fire.
Harold Timmerman, Lincoln County Emergency Management, said the fire is out and traffic will be held back for a bit until the Department of Transportation can put a lane closure in place. Timmerman said with the lane closure traffic will be allowed at a very slow rate of speed, but he said he is not sure when traffic in the area will be back to normal.
Timmerman said the fuel truck had a malfunction that caused a fire to spread up to the cab. Timmerman said they are not totally sure what caused the fire to start. The truck is a total loss.
The fire also spread to the ditches, but Timmerman said those fires along with the truck fire were extinguished quickly.
Early Monday afternoon, crews were spreading sand to absorb the diesel fuel that had spilled on the interstate.
Lincoln County Emergency Management, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Tea Fire Rescue all responded to the fire.