Highway 1 Reopens After Fuel Tanker Fire

A tanker truck hauling diesel fuel burns on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Elkhorn on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway about four kilometres east of Elkhorn, Manitoba is now reopen after a tanker truck erupted into flames on Tuesday.

Both east and westbound lanes of the highway were closed for more than six hours as emergency personnel worked to extinguish the blaze.

RCMP say the double tanker was filled with diesel fuel. Luckily, the driver of the semi was able to escape unharmed before fire engulfed the entire truck.

No word yet on what led to the fire, but police say no injuries were reported.

The highway reopened at about 11 p.m. last night.

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