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Commercial Motor Vehicle Fire

WHAT:                     Commercial Motor Vehicle Fire


WHERE:                   Interstate 74 eastbound near milepost 190, Champaign County


WHEN:                      May 23, 2021 at approximately 6:01 p.m.


VEHICLES:              Unit 1- White 1998 Freightliner Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer


DRIVERS:                 Unit 1- Loren B. Spengler, 61-year-old male of Rankin, IL


PRELIMINARY:      Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling on Interstate 74 eastbound near milepost 190 when a fire ensued in the brakes of the semi-trailer.  The fire ensued while the vehicle was in motion.  The driver of Unit 1 pulled over and stopped on the right shoulder of Interstate 74 near milepost 190.  After stopping on the right shoulder, the fire spread to the semi-trailer and the load contained therein.  The driver of Unit 1 separated the truck-tractor from the semi-trailer and drove the truck-tractor forward approximately 20 yards.  The semi-trailer quickly became engulfed.  The load burned for approximately 40 minutes. No injuries reported.


Both lanes of Interstate 74 were closed to traffic for approximately two hours. 


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