I-70 East Shutdown Due to Semi Fire

POSTED BY: Danielle Cotterman
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 07:21 PM
Sgt. Chuck Merryman

A semi-truck fire shutdown a portion of Interstate 70 East.

It happened shortly after 4:30 on Friday evening near the Gratiot Exit. According to Sergeant Chuck Merryman of the Ohio State Highway Patrol the semi truck driver heard an unusual noise coming from the engine, he then pulled over.

"Pulled over to investigate it, noticed flames tried to extinguish the flames himself, couldn't do it," explained Merryman. "The fire gained and he lost control of it and it engulfed the power unit of the tractor trailer."

Merryman said no injuries or damage to the freight were reported. He said the material being transported was not hazardous. Traffic remained shut down for about a half-hour while crews worked to clear the scene.

"We are just concerned with the safety of it and of course the other drivers on the roadway," said Merryman. "As soon as we get the okay from the fire department that it's not going to be a hazard to any one else then we open it up."

He said the cause remains under investigation.

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