Car Fire Shuts Down Interstate

by Kelly Mills on June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

A car fire shut down both lanes of Interstate 70 westbound near the Norwich exit Tuesday.

According to Trooper McKenzie with the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol, shortly before 5:30 p.m., a 2006 Scion T-C caught fire and quickly became engulfed with flames. The driver 20-year-old Caelyn Reyher and passenger 23-year-old Travis Clark, were both taken to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital for smoke inhalation and minor breathing difficulties.

Interstate 70 westbound was completely shut down for about 20 minutes while crews got the scene under control. Authorities then re-opened one lane and 30 minutes later the both lanes were re-opened.

Troopers do not know what caused the car to catch fire. It remains under investigation.