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Tanker hauling flammable liquid catches fire along I-80 near Geneseo

Given the contents, firefighters were concerned about a potential explosion, but were able to get the flames doused in time.

GENESEO, Ill. — A tanker hauling a flammable liquid along Interstate 80 caught on fire, prompting authorities to briefly close the interstate to drivers.

The tanker's cab caught fire around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, according to a spokesperson from the Geneseo Fire Department.   Given the contents of the tanker, there was concern of a potential explosion; the Geneseo Fire Department was able to put the fire out before any danger arose. 

During this time a portion of I-80, between Atkinson and Geneseo, was closed. 

The driver was able to get out unharmed.

I-80 was fully reopened by 2:30 p.m.