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Highway 181 reopens after early morning fire

Lanes closed for several hours have reopened
Highway 181 closed
Truck fire
Posted at 1:24 AM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 12:55:15-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Police said Highway 181 has reopened after a diesel tanker truck caught fire early Friday morning.

The truck fire took place on Causeway Boulevard near Dolphin Park.

The exit to Causeway Boulevard remains closed as of 6:45 a.m. Friday, fire department officials said. The causeway and the highway both are open.

Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha said the fire happened shortly about 12 a.m. Friday.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found the truck engulfed with flames.

Police said the highway closed around 1 a.m. in the southbound lanes, coming into Corpus Christi from Portland.

Parts of the highway reopened for traffic at 2:28 a.m.

The fire has been extinguished, but crews are now working to make sure any diesel fuel spilled in the area gets cleaned up so there isn't any impact to our ground water.

Firefighters believe the fire started from mechanical failure.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There were no injuries reported.

This is a developing story, we will have updated online and on air.