Collision of 2 trucks and fire close Kentucky-Ohio bridge

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A collision between two trucks and a resulting fire this morning closed a bridge and both northbound and southbound Interstate 75 in Covington, Kentucky.

It is being reported the blaze began at 2:45 a.m. when two northbound trucks crashed on the Brent Street Bridge over the Ohio River. One of the trucks, a box truck, was hauling 110 pounds of potassium hydroxide and burst into flames, according to police. The blaze was extinguished by 7 a.m., but cleanup and repairs are expected to take some time. Neither driver was reported to have been injured.

Police closed I-75/71 northbound at Interstate 275 in Kentucky. The bridge is expected to be closed for at least a couple of days.

The Brent Spence Bridge is a double-decker bridge that carries Interstates 71 and 75 across the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The top deck carries Kentucky-bound traffic while the bottom deck carries Ohio-bound traffic.