Traffic alert: Road closed after tanker hauling gasoline catches fire

AKRON, Ohio -- A semi tanker that was hauling approximately 8500 gallons of gasoline caught fire on State Route 8 in Akron just before 3 a.m. Friday.

It happened just north of the E. Exchange St. overpass.

The Akron Fire Department quickly extinguished the flames before the "tanker trailer was compromised."

In a news release, the department said no gasoline leaked.

The road was closed in both directions while firefighters battled the flames. The southbound lanes reopened around 4:30 a.m.

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