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ISP: Semi fire closes I-94 today

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A semi hauling a hazardous corrosive material caught fire early this morning on I-94 just east of Ind. 149, closing the interstate in both directions between Ind. 49 and Ripley Street in Lake Station, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, shortly after 5 a.m. trucker Robert W. Hoffman, 65, of Lincoln, Neb., was westbound on I-94 when something about his rig felt “not right.” Hoffman--who was hauling an unspecified corrosive material--pulled over to the shoulder, at which time he discovered that his tractor’s back tandems were burning.

Both the tractor and the trailer rapidly became engulfed, police said.

The Portage Fire Department responded to the scene, learned that the corrosive chemical--which police said was properly placarded on the semi--has an evacuation radius which included the Ameriplex Center to the north, and duly notified businesses at the Ameriplex to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Meanwhile, motorists on eastbound I-94 were diverted at Ripley Street, those westbound at Ind. 49.

The PFD was able to contain and then extinguish the fire, no evacuations were ultimately necessary, and all lanes of traffic were re-opened at 9:15 a.m., police said.

Hoffman was driving for Nebraska Atlantic Transportation of Gretna, Neb., and was en route for Bensenville, Ill., from East Hartford, Conn., police said.

 

 

Posted 9/28/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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