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Both sides of I-10 back open after hazardous tanker burns down in Desert Center


Update 6/7/24

All lanes on Interstate 10 are back open on both sides in Desert Center.

CalTrans is working to clear the off-ramp, according to CAL FIRE.

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. HAZMAT crews arrived to evaluate the incident. All eastbound lanes have reopened, while westbound lanes remain closed. Paramedics evaluated the driver for any injuries before transporting them to the hospital.

Fire resources will remain on scene for approximately three hours.

Photo courtesy: CHP

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 were reopened to traffic Friday morning following a fire involving a big rig hauling hazardous chemicals.

Westbound traffic lanes remained closed to all traffic from Desert Center toward the fire scene.

Photo courtesy: CHP

All traffic lanes on Interstate 10 were shut down shortly after 7:30 a.m. east of Coachella Friday morning due to concerns about the fire.

All I-10 eastbound traffic lanes were being shut down at Dillon Road in Coachella and westbound freeway lanes were being closed in Desert Center, the California Highway Patrol said.

Eastbound traffic was being detoured to State Highway 86, but a connector road back to I-10, Box Canyon Road, was also being closed down to traffic.

The CHP reported the incident at 7:32 a.m.

The CHP said a tanker truck that was hauling hazardous chemicals exploded near Red Cloud Mine Road east of the Chiriaco Summit.

Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for updates on this breaking news.

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