GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- The Greenwood Village Police Department has released new dashcam video, 911 calls and photos from the tanker fire that shut down Interstate 25 on May 31.
The video shows just what officers were up against as they arrived on the scene at I-25 and Orchard Road after a fuel tanker blew a tire and crashed into the center barrier.
A huge fire erupted, filling the air with flames and dark smoke.
The driver escaped, but his pants caught on fire. One 911 caller sounded frantic saying, "The guy’s in a fire."
The dashcam video shows one officer on I-25 yelling to drivers, “Get in your car. Drive away from the fire."
Close-up photos show the skid marks and the blown tire that caused the fire.
The fire, cleanup and road repairs shut down northbound I-25 for almost 17 hours.