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Experts: Semis need more space on highways

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Police are still investigating what happened on Interstate 435 when five vehicles were part of a fiery collision. 

One of the vehicles was a semi truck and local experts say semis need more space on the road. They also say the amount of diesel gas semis have led to the larger fires. 

“You are typically going to see two tanks, one on each side. And they are about 100 gallons each," said Jeffrey Steinberg, director of Education for Apex CDL Institute. “Keep as much space in front of the truck as possible.” 

Steinberg says the recent heat wave would not have an impact on the engines, but could effect the truck's tires. 

"Tires can over-pressurize as air in the tires expands," Steinberg said. 

Meanwhile, for the Overland Park Fire Department, the challenge was getting enough water to the scene in order to put the massive blaze out. 

The lack of fire hydrants near the highway were an obstacle fire crews were ready for. 

“They’re always trying to think ahead," said Overland Park Fire Department public information officer Jason Rhodes. "Our battalion chiefs, especially, that’s their job is to look at the big picture is to think ahead and make sure there are adequate resources for crews to perform."

The trucks carry more than 700 gallons of water. 

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