UPDATE 11:30 A.M. — Both lanes are now open. However, there may be a brief lane closure later today to allow for the removal of the truck, Swaters said.

UPDATE 10 A.M. — The Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer, Cris Swaters, reported that the truck was traveling east on I-44 when it went off the road and overturned into a cable guard rail. After it overturned, it caught on fire. No other vehicles were involved.

One lane of eastbound I-44 is open, but drivers should avoid the area if possible, Swaters wrote.

UPDATE 7 A.M. — Traffic on eastbound I-44 is now open.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A gas tanker truck erupted in flames on eastbound I-44 around West Bypass mile 75.

Firefighters were still battling the flames around 6 a.m. this morning, Sept. 20, trying to stop the tanker from burning. The driver of the truck has been treated for minor injuries. Traffic was backed up on the eastbound side of I-44.

Police ask that people avoid the area and find an alternate route until firefighters are able to fully put out the flames.

We will update this article as more information is released.