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I-10 east near Montecillo reopens after semi-truck crash, fire that shut down traffic for hours

semi-truck fire on I-10 east
A semi-truck engulfed in flames on I-10 East near Montecillo.

EL PASO, Texas -- A semi-truck crashed and caught fire on Interstate 10 eastbound near Montecillo early Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of the highway until about 12:30 p.m.

The crash and fire happened just after 4:30 a.m.; El Paso police said the driver and the passenger were able to walk away with no injuries.

Police said a tire on the semi blew out, causing the driver to crash the truck into a highway barrier.

Motorsists were forced to exit the interstate at Sunland Park for hours and use Paisano as an alternate route.

I-10 east remained closed in that area throughout the morning as cleanup crews worked; the highway finally reopened around 12:30 p.m.

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Mauricio Casillas

El Paso native Mauricio Casillas co-anchors ABC-7’s Good Morning El Paso.


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