Witnesses told Idaho State Police that just after 4 p.m.the truck lost it's drive train which appears to have caught the single tanker on fire. The tank was carrying 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel. The fire completely engulfed the tank and was so intense ISP had to close all Eastbound lanes from Eisenman Road.
That caused traffic to back up for more than 8 miles, but authorities were able to open one lane three hours later. Because of the backup fire trucks and the Hazmat team were delayed getting to the scene from Boise and surrounding areas. Once on scene the Hazmat crew decided it would be safest for the crews and the surrounding environment if they let the fuel burn off. Flames shot more than 40 feet in the air and could be seen from over a mile away.
Just before 11 p.m all lanes were opened back up and the remaining debris was cleared.