The westbound lanes of Interstate 40 have been shut down at the 74 mile marker due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred at the 71 mile marker, westbound on I-40 at approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning.
The collision is being handled as a hazmat incident and involved at least three semi’s, with one of them being a tanker truck hauling what was believed to be a Class 3 flammable substance. When the crash occurred, the trucks erupted in fire and upon the arrival of responders all three semi’s were fully involved. They continue to burn at this time.
According to London Fire Department command, “There is approximately 300 yards of debris prior to the crash.” Responders on scene, advised dispatch the interstate will likely be shut down through the area for several hours.
At this time, the London Fire Department, Russellville Fire Department, Crow Mountain Fire Department as well as Johnson County fire departments are working to extinguish the blaze.
UPDATE: At 6:30 a.m., fire command advised dispatch the fire was determined to be under control.
As additional information becomes available, River Valley Now will update readers.