Nitrogen truck catches fire on local highway

Published: Jul. 2, 2019 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Multiple agencies were working the scene of a nitrogen truck fire in McGregor Tuesday night.

It happened about 7:40 p.m. on South Lone Star Parkway (Highway 317) and Schmidt Lane.

Traffic between McGregor and Moody on Highway 317 was diverted.

Authorities on-scene said the back end of an 18-wheeler carrying 4,500 pounds of liquid nitrogen caught fire, evidently after blowing a tire.

The truck traveled some distance following the blowout, creating a fire in the rear axle area which subsequently caused a grass fire on the side of the road, too, authorities said.

McGregor fire put out both fires fairly quickly, authorities said.

After the fire was out, authorities stayed on-scene venting the tank to relieve pressure.

No one, including the driver, was injured and authorities didn't believe there was any major threat to public safety.

McGregor Police, Moody Police, Texas Dept. of Public Safety troopers, fire crews, and McLennan County deputies all worked the scene.