Semitruck smolders on I-70 northeast of Lawrence

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Post last updated at 7:48 p.m. Friday, July 22:

A section of Interstate 70 was closed about 2 to 3 miles east of Lawrence Friday afternoon after a semitruck caught fire.


The semitruck was on fire at milemarker 207.4, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

The highway was closed between milemarker 207 and Kansas 32 Highway, according to KDOT. As of 7:15 p.m., the eastbound highway and the left lane of westbound I-70 had reopened, according to KTA.

Traffic was backed up on the highway for at least half a mile around 4:30 p.m., a witness said. Crews were still working on the fire around 5:30 p.m., two hours after it was initially reported.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured or what had occurred to cause the fire.

A close-to-realtime map of ongoing traffic incidents is available at this link.

Amanda Bigus / Contributed Photo A semitruck smolders on Interstate 70 near Lawrence on July 22, 2022.
This map from shows the approximate locations on Interstate 70 where traffic was impacted after a semitruck caught fire on July 22, 2022. (Screenshot)
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