Northbound lanes of State Highway 130 near Parmer Lane opened to move traffic out of the area after a liquid nitrogen trailer caught fire Thursday night, Austin Fire Department said.
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The Austin Fire Department tweeted around 8 p.m. that due to a risk of explosion, an evacuation of a half-mile radius was enforced. Both northbound and southbound 130 were periodically shut down as the Travis County Sheriff's Office moved traffic out of the area.
The AFD said they got the call around 7:36 p.m. and said crews were letting the 18-wheeler burn out because it was too dangerous to put out the fire. They said the driver was safe with Fire Command. No other vehicles or people were involved and the incident did not involve a wreck. Officials said they believe a mechanical problem with the truck triggered the issue.
The trailer cab burned down enough that crews determined it safe to move in for final extinguishment, AFD later tweeted.
AFD said around 9 p.m. the fire was successfully extinguished, and the truck was stable.
Fire officials said just before 10 p.m. Thursday that southbound lanes would be closed for 2-3 hours.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.