NB I-25 reopens near downtown after hazmat cleanup

COLORADO SPRINGS - A semi-trailer truck with hazardous material inside caught fire and shut down all lanes of northbound and southbound Interstate 25 on Thursday afternoon.

When the driver noticed the fire, he pulled onto the left shoulder just south of the the Cimarron exit.

According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, a 35 gallon drum oxidizer inside the trailer had a mix of hazardous chemicals in it.

The driver of the semi was able to detach the trailer from the truck when it caught fire.

Cleanup crews with the trucking company were sent from Denver and New Mexico to Colorado Springs to take over.

CSFD and CSPD asked drivers to avoid the area for more than four hours during the cleanup.

Even after the cleanup, the southbound side of I-25 from Bijou to Cimarron remained closed, due to the ongoing I-25/Cimarron construction project.

The cause of the semi fire is unknown at this time. 

No one was injured during the initial fire or the cleanup.

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