South Metro Fire officials said the victim was rushed to Swedish Medical Center, noting the fire is expected to continue burning. Officials are pleading for community patience, saying they need to act cautiously in the firefight. UPDATE at 1:00 p.m.: Fire expected to continue to burn for hours, closure and traffic impact will last into evening, according to Greenwood Village officials.UPDATE at 12:45 p.m.: Traffic in one of the metro area’s most congested corridors is at a standstill. Hundreds of vehicles in both directions are stuck on I-25 as South Metro Fire crews try to contain the fire.CDOT cameras show some movement as traffic is detoured onto side streets. However, it’s not clear how long the closures will remain in place as CDOT says the highway likely sustained heavy damage from the fire.UPDATE at 12:30 p.m.: Witness on scene describes intense fire, three or four explosions as truck crashes into median on I-25. UPDATE at 12:22 p.m.: South Metro Fire Department identifies commercial carrier as fuel tanker that caught fire, says one person was injured and transported. That person's injuries weren't immediately clear. UPDATE at 12:20 p.m.: Colorado Department of Transportation says vehicle was a commercial carrier, but does not expand on what the vehicle's purpose was. UPDATE at 12:15 p.m.: RTD shuts down service to E, F & R light rail lines due to the massive fire. GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Road crews pulled one person from flaming wreckage Wednesday morning as a fuel tanker caught fire after crashing into a median on I-25.Billowing smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away; crews from multiple fire agencies rushed to I-25 to begin battling the flames.According to witnesses, the tanker crashed just before 12 p.m. while traveling on northbound I-25.Billowing smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away; crews from multiple fire agencies rushed to I-25 to begin battling the flames.According to witnesses, the tanker crashed just before 12 p.m. while traveling on northbound I-25.Chris Modlin, who witnessed the crash and fire, said flames burst from the tanker as soon as it hit the median and three or four explosions occurred not long after. "Instant flames engulfed the entire truck as the driver was still in the truck," Modlin said. "As you saw the flames continued to engulf the truck and continued to catch on fire as the explosions continued to go off." Modlin detailed what he described as a heroic rescue, saying a nearby road crew pulled the driver from the burning vehicle. "One of the road crews was able to help put out the flame on the driver's leg and help carry him to safety," Modlin said. Fire crews continued to battle the fire for more than 45 minutes, with flames still visible as of 12:45 p.m. One victim of the explosion and fire was rushed to a nearby hospital. Officials have yet to release much information, as they continue to battle the fire and investigate. The Colorado Department of Transportation says it expects road damage, but does not have additional information yet.
TagsFIERY CRASH the fire fight after a tanker truck ignited on one of Denver's busiest commuter corridors one injured person was pulled from the wreck.