News Alert!!: Lake Elsinore, CA: Gasoline tanker truck fire along Interstate 15.
A gasoline tanker truck caught on fire along Interstate 15 just north of Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore, California.
The gasoline tanker truck fire was captured in this picture by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 Photojournalist Alex Vasquez.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the fire was reported at 1:05pm on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 on the right shoulder of the southbound Interstate 15.
** Video of the gasoline tanker truck is at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **
The gasoline tanker truck was reportedly carrying 8,700 gallons of fuel when a tire shredded which contributed to the fire.
Both directions of Interstate 15 was shut down because of the gasoline tanker truck fire and all traffic was being diverted off Interstate 15 at Lake Street.
At this moment, there has been no reports of injuries in the gasoline tanker truck fire and no near by vegetation caught on fire.
According to the California Highway Patrol, lanes of Interstate 15 was in the process of being reopened as of 3:00pm PT, but traffic is backed up for over 10 miles.
Motorists are taking Interstate 215 as a detour around the closure.