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story.lead_photo.caption A tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned and caught fire on Interstate 55 in Crittenden County early Wednesday morning, authorities said. - Photo by Marion Fire Department

A tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned and caught fire in east Arkansas early Wednesday morning, injuring the driver and closing the interstate, authorities said.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 north of Marion, according to a Facebook post by the Marion Fire Department. The truck’s driver, who was not identified in the statement, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol at the time of the crash, fire officials said.

A hazardous materials crew responded to the fiery wreck, as did the Crittenden County Office of Emergency Management, Arkansas State Police, and a number of nearby fire and police departments.

According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, authorities from the Environmental Protection Agency were on scene shortly before 8:30 a.m., pumping ethanol from the wrecked tanker to a new vehicle. Officials said the interstate may remain closed for several hours.

In the meantime, officers are diverting traffic to service roads, officials said.

No other injuries were reported.

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