firefighters responded to an absolute blaze of a semi fire on I-94 in Pine
Township on Monday.
Deputy Fire Chief
Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 5:53 p.m.,
the CFD was dispatched to the eastbound lanes of I-94 at the 32 mile marker,
just this side of the LaPorte County line, after the Indiana State Police
reported a semi with “flames showing from the rear tires.” On their arrival,
firefighters confronted a tractor and a wagon-style trailer--the latter
loaded with plate steel--both fully involved.
by the Coolspring Township FD--used 3,700 gallons of water, mixed with foam,
to douse the blaze but both the tractor and trailer were a total loss.
“There was nothing left of the truck,” Williams said. “You could see the
chassis but it was all burned up.”
The CFD believes
the cause of the fire was a malfunction in the rig’s brakes. The trucker,
driving for Knaggs Trucking of Carsonville, Mich., escaped injury.
the ISP closed all three lanes of eastbound I-94, traffic backed up as far
as five miles west of the scene, to around the 27.5 mile marker, this side
of the scales. “People were getting out of their cars and just milling
around on the interstate, talking to each other,” Williams said.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 6:43 p.m.