Semi-truck hauling cooking oil catches fire on SB I-75 near Piqua

Published: Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 1:16 AM
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 5:56 AM

Fire blocks right lane on SB I-75

UPDATE @ 5:55 a.m: A semi-truck carrying vegetable and canola oil caught fire on Interstate 75 due to equipment failure early Friday morning. 

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State troopers say the truck’s driver noticed an issue believed to be coming from the tires or brakes on the trailer while driving southbound on the highway. The driver pulled over near a rest stop, just north of Piqua-Troy Road and the trailer immediately caught fire. 

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The rear of the trailer was fully involved when crews arrived on scene and the load of oil the truck was carrying made it difficult to put the fire out, officials say.

The driver was not injured due to the blaze.

The fire was extinguished and had the right lane blocked for nearly four hours.

The lane has since reopened and the semi-truck is contained to the right shoulder for clean-up.

INITIAL REPORT

A semi-truck fire on southbound I-75 near a rest stop just north of Piqua-Troy Road has the right lane blocked.

Video courtesy of iWitness 7 reporter Courtney Gasson.

Crews responded to the fully involved trailer at the 81 milemarker around 1 a.m., per initial reports.

The truck was reportedly carrying thousands of pounds of oil.

We will continue to monitor for the latest traffic updates and update this story with more.