Big rig fire is out, nitrogen tank is stable on Texas 130, officials say


9:40 p.m. update: A big rig fire on Texas 130 is out, and the nitrogen tank that the vehicle is carrying is stable, Austin fire officials said. 

Crews have reopened northbound Texas 130 near the scene at Parmer Lane. Expect southbound Texas 130 to be closed in the area for another two to three hours, fire officials said.

The liquid nitrogen that the vehicle was carrying did not leak, but firefighters are working to mitigate a diesel fuel spill, Austin Fire Department officials said. 

8:30 p.m. update: Firefighters have been directed to extinguish an 18-wheeler fire on Texas 130 near Parmer Lane now that the truck, which is carrying liquid nitrogen, is no longer at risk of an explosion, Austin Fire Department officials said.

The driver is safe and uninjured, fire officials said. A small grass fire nearby is also under control.

The 18-wheeler caught fire, likely due to a vehicle issue, while it was driving on Texas 130, fire officials said. The driver pulled over and got out safely.

The tanker was not damaged in the fire, but the vehicle’s cab burned completely, fire officials said.

Earlier: Officials have shut down a half-mile section of Texas 130 near Parmer Lane due to a risk of a nitrogen tank explosion, Austin Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters responded around 7:50 p.m. to an 18-wheeler fire. The trailer is carrying nitrogen, fire officials said.

Both northbound and southbound lanes are closed.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.


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