Saskatchewan

Oil tanker truck burns near Maidstone, Sask.

A semi-tanker full of crude oil was on fire near Maidstone, Sask., on Tuesday morning.

Police had highway blocked Tuesday morning near burning vehicle

Police said its expected the highway will be blocked for several hours Tuesday morning after a oil tanker truck caught fire near Maidstone. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A semi-tanker full of crude oil was on fire near Maidstone, Sask., on Tuesday morning.

RCMP and the local fire department were on the scene in the predawn hours.

They blocked off Highway 303, about 3.5 kilometres east of its intersection with Highway 684.

Drivers were told to avoid the area for safety reasons until the fire could be extinguished.

At around 7 a.m. CST, one lane of Highway 303 was reopened.

The cause of the fire isn't known, but police said the incident wasn't a collision.

No one was injured.

Maidstone is about 84 kilometres northwest of North Battleford.