Fire torches tanker truck near Eagle |

Fire torches tanker truck near Eagle

Randy Wyrick
Vail Daily
A tanker truck's right front wheel came off early Tuesday morning, sparking a fire. The truck was delivering 7,000 gallons of jet fuel to the Eagle County Regional Airport.
Greater Eagle Fire Protection District |

EAGLE — A tanker truck carrying jet fuel to the Eagle airport didn’t make it when it caught fire early Tuesday morning.

The driver of the Kicker Energy Truck was hauling 7,000 gallons of jet fuel when the right front wheel came off, according to a report from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

Flames shot high into the early morning sky when the truck caught fire, firefighters said.

The driver was considering getting off at the Eagle exit to get to the airport, but because something wasn’t quite right with the way the truck was handling, he decided to avoid Eagle’s five roundabouts and drive west to the Gypsum exit.

A couple of miles west of Eagle on Interstate 70, the right front tire came off, firefighters said.

The driver fought to control the 18-wheeler, finally bringing it to a stop.

He jumped out and tried to put out the fire with his on-board fire extinguisher, but it was already too big, firefighters said.

The driver’s cell phone did not have service, so, at 7:06 a.m. a passing motorist who had stopped called 911.

Firefighters from Eagle and Gypsum responded, and quickly had the fire put out.

Mechanical failure on the right front wheel of the truck started the fire, Eagle firefighters said.

The wheel and tire came disconnected from the truck. The tire was wrapped around the axle, but the wheel was about 300 yards behind it when it stopped, Eagle firefighters said.

Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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