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I-40 Open Again In Flagstaff After 18-Wheeler Crashed And Burned

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Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 were briefly closed Monday night after a fuel tanker exploded and burned at the Butler Avenue exit in Flagstaff.   Flagstaff Police Lieutenant Frank Higgins says the truck's driver was injured but is expected to survive.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that nobody else was injured.

Loren Graves was a witness and told the Sun the tanker didn't slow down while on the I-40 eastbound off-ramp at Butler Avenue.

It overturned when it failed to make the turn at the bottom of the ramp.

Multiple fire departments assisted Flagstaff's own crews who worked to keep fuel out of a drainage while allowing the fire to burn itself out.