Tanker truck explodes on I-15 near Lake Elsinore

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - Both directions of Interstate 15 were initially closed north of Lake Elsinore Tuesday afternoon after a tanker truck caught on fire, sending flames and smoke into the air.

The fire was reported at 1:07 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The truck was carrying an estimated 8,700 gallons of gasoline, the department said.

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A SigAlert was issued at 1:09 p.m., with both sides of the freeway closed, the California Highway Patrol said on its traffic incident website.

Northbound lanes were reopening about 2:45 p.m.

The truck was burning between Lake Street and Nichols Road, CHP said. The driver escaped the vehicle.

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