Second update: All lanes are back open.
Update: A crash occurred on I-70 eastbound near Mount Comfort Road around 7:45 a.m., closing all lanes of the interstate once again. The crash involved at least one semi and several cars. Fortunately, ISP says no one was hurt. Traffic is being diverted onto Mount Comfort Road. Police dispatch says the road closure is expected to last for several hours.
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – A semi truck driver escaped injury after his trailer caught fire on I-70 early Thursday morning.
This happened around 5 a.m. on I-70 eastbound near the exit for State Road 9. Both directions of the interstate were closed as emergency crews responded.
The driver said he saw smoke and hit the brakes. He stopped his truck, unhooked the trailer and said the fire started shortly after that. He called 911 for help and wasn't hurt during the incident.
The truck, which was hauling about 22,000 pounds of frozen food (jalapenos and ravioli), was bound from Maryland Heights, Missouri, for Tiffin, Ohio. The driver believes an electrical issue may have led to the fire.
By about 5:30 a.m., the fire was mostly out. Westbound lanes have reopened while the eastbound lanes remain closed. Officials said it would take a long time to clean up the scene.
The far left lane was opening for traffic that had been stopped their since the fire broke out. Officials said they'll have to bring in heavy equipment to move the trailer, which will have to be offloaded.
I-70 eastbound is closed from Mount Comfort Road to Greenfield. U.S. 40 is the recommended detour.