Tanker leak prompts evacuation of Interstate 80 rest stop near Brady

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BRADY, Neb. (KNOP) - A leaking tanker forces an evacuation of the rest stop on Interstate 80 near Brady (at mile marker 194). The rest area has since been reopened.

The call came in around 12:30 p.m. on Mon., May 14 about a semi trailer heading east.

Lt. Jim Einspahr with the North Platte Fire Department said, due to a suspected malfunctioning valve on the trailer, there were 6,500 pounds of butane off gassing.

"We were able to keep the interstate open," Einspahr noted. "We're just keeping the area closed off and [fire crews will] wait until it's finished off gassing or if the company can come and off load the truck."

The Nebraska State Patrol says the area could be closed until about 5 p.m. CT.

Crews followed protocol, getting less than a half dozen people at the rest stop to safety and monitoring gas levels around the area to prevent any serious exposure to drivers on the interstate.

"We responded to the rest area, evacuated the parties or the people in the rest area just for safety precautions," Trooper Ryan Hayes with the Nebraksa State Patrol noted.

The Nebraska State Patrol, North Platte Fire Department, and Brady Rural Fire Department responded to the scene.

No one was injured.‪