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Firefighters deal with semi-truck fire

Monday, October 25, 2010

A semi-truck fire on Interstate-70 slowed traffic in Clay County Saturday evening. Tony Harper photo
Emergency responders were dispatched to a semi-truck fire on Interstate-70 Saturday evening.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., firefighters with the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.

According to fire chief Larry Tempel, the driver, from Las Vegas, was able to get parked on the apron of the interstate and exited the cab of the vehicle without injury.

The vehicle was a total loss, but fire did not get into the interior of the trailer, which contained packaged vitamins and medicine.

A small grass fire was contained before it reached the tree line.

The fire closed off westbound traffic on I-70 for several hours. Tempel said one lane of traffic was opened up after about 30 minutes, but the wreckage wasn't cleared until 10:45 p.m.

Other agencies responding to the fire included the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Police.

The driver of the vehicle was not identified.

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Good job Posey, Jackson and ISP!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 10:42 AM

Wow! Great photo!

-- Posted by gratefoole on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 10:43 AM

I saw that truck after it was put out. There was NOTHING left of the cab. NOTHING.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 1:43 PM

The driver was very lucky. Thank GOD for guardian angels.

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 4:44 PM

My father was the one who survived this terrible fire. Thank you for all that help, i don't know what I would of done of something had happened to him, and I am happy to say he made it back home to us. Thank your for your warm thoughts,

-- Posted by AzraOZD on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 8:46 PM

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