Southbound I-25 at Arapahoe Road reopens after semitruck fire forced shutdown

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — A semitruck fire was brought under control with no injuries reported after 200 bales of hay burned, forcing the shutdown of southbound Interstate 25 at Arapahoe Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Lanes reopened and traffic was crawling along roughly three hours after the closure.

The fire was first reported by South Metro Fire Rescue at 5:20 p.m.

RTD light rail was also shut down because of the heavy flames. The E, F and R lines were suspended south of Dry Creek station.

By 6:45 p.m. bus shuttles were in place providing alternate service between Southmoor, Belleview, Orchard, Arapahoe, Dry Creek, County Line, and Lincoln stations, though there were very severe delays.

Northbound lanes also slowed to a crawl as the fire was brought under control.