Lanes reopened on I-469 after tanker briefly catches fire

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) All lanes of Interstate 469 were shut down early Wednesday after the tires of a fuel tanker caught fire.

Police and Poe firefighters were called to the interstate near the Marion Center Road interchange, just east of U.S. 27 at mile marker 13 in southern Allen County. Crews arrived to find the rear of the tanker ablaze and, out of fear of an explosion, the area was cleared.

Investigators told NewsChannel 15 the tankers rear tires blew and caught fire. The tanker, full of some 8,400 gallons of fuel, never exploded. The fire was put out quickly.

The interstate was closed for nearly an hour Wednesday morning. As of 9:20 am, the southbound lanes are fully open and the left lane on the northbound side is open to traffic. Northbound traffic had been diverted off onto US 27 and southbound traffic had been diverted off onto Tillman Road according to Indiana State Police.

The Indiana National Guard was called in to assist.

It’s not known if any other vehicles were involved or whether there were any injuries.  The incident took place at around 8:30 am.

Another tanker was called in to pull the fuel from the damaged tanker.

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