Propane tank ignites causing I-49 and 71 Hwy to shut down

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UPDATE 12:45 PM — Traffic both northbound and southbound have returned to normal flow. Currently MoDOT is removing detour signs.


JANE, Mo. — McDonald Co. — This morning shortly after 9:15 AM a work truck, which was a converted school bus, ignited a propane tank. Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the incident at US-71 and Miser Road.

The driver of the vehicle was LifeFlighted from the scene due to extensive burns.

Watch for live updates as Shannon Becker is in McDonald County. This is a dangerous situation as the tank was still on fire two hours after the incident.

All traffic northbound and southbound on US-71 is being diverted

  • Traffic on I-49 is being diverted at MO-76 Anderson, you cannot continue on I-49 which becomes US-71 at Pineville.
  • Alternative to take MO-59 into Arkansas through Noel.
  • Traffic is being diverted on Range Road.
  • Otherwise it is backed up to the state line. (11:29 AM)

Images of tank credit Chris Cantrell.

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