Mobile County

Traffic accident causes 18-wheeler to catch fire on Zeigler Blvd


Update Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Hazmat on scene tells News 5, a Jeep and a tanker, carrying gas, collided on Zeigler Boulevard causing the tanker to explode. The fire department was able to use water and foam to extinguish the fire and transferred the gas to another tanker. As of right now, crews are working to move the tanker. 

Some gas was spilled on the road. Environmental agencies and the city has been alerted of the situation and it is being handled. 

No injuries were reported. 

The following is a press release from Mobile Fire-Rescue:

At approximately 1606 hours, Mobile Fire-Rescue companies were dispatched to the intersection of Zeigler Blvd. and Athey Rd. for an 18-wheel tanker on fire, following a motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival on scene, fire crews confirmed smoke and flames flowing from a large tanker on Zeigler Blvd. The driver of the tanker confirmed that the 18-wheeler was hauling 2 full tanks of petroleum gasoline. A situational assessment was made by company officers and incident command. For the safety of the public, teams of fire personnel evacuated civilians from homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the burning truck.  Incident Command immediately upgraded the scene to a 2nd alarm, and additional units, including MFRD HazMat, were dispatched to the area. The area and flames are under control at this time. No civilians nor fire personnel have been reported injured, following the motor vehicle accident or tanker fire.

Original Story

Mobile Fire-Rescue units are on scene near the 6500 block of Zeigler Boulevard, where an 18-wheeler, commercial vehicle is on fire, following a traffic accident. Avoid this area at all costs. Additional emergency teams are currently responding.



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