Semitruck fire closes westbound Interstate 70 for nearly 6 hours

DENVER — Westbound Interstate 70 was closed for nearly six hours after a semitruck caught fire, snarling traffic for the Friday morning commute, the Denver Police Department said.

The truck caught fire over York Street near the Purina plant before 6 a.m. The driver was able to escape and was OK, police said. He told police a mechanical malfunction started the fire.

One lane of the interstate reopened at 9:50 a.m., nearly four hours after the busy roadway was closed. The full interstate reopened at 11:30 a.m.

Traffic was detoured onto Colorado Boulevard during the closure, the Denver Fire Department said. Eastbound I-70 remained open but traffic was moving extremely slow past the scene.

Diesel fuel spilled onto the interstate and a hazardous materials team was brought in to clean it up.

On May 31, a massive tanker truck fire shut down Interstate 25 in both directions near the Denver Tech Center for several 20 hours.