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Early morning semi fire closes portion of I-70

Friday, March 5, 2010

A portion of Interstate-70 was closed early Friday after a semi-truck caught fire.

The incident took place at approximately 1:15 a.m., Friday, as the truck was traveling eastbound near the Clay-Putnam county line.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the driver and passenger apparently noticed an orange glow coming from the dash.

The two managed to exit the vehicle before it became fully engulfed.

Emergency responders from the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Center Point Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. TransCare was also called to the scene.

According to reports, the driver of the vehicle, Hardeep Singh Jawanda, 32, Canada, received first-degree burns to the right side of his face, right side of his neck and right hand.

The passenger of the vehicle, Jasvinder Singh Sohi, 39, Canada, also received minor burns to his face and neck.

Both were reportedly taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to reports, the semi-truck was hauling produce.

All units were cleared from the scene at 5:49 a.m., but the semi-truck wasn't moved from the area until after 9 a.m., Friday. However, due to flame-ups, units were recalled to the scene at approximately 10 a.m.

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