Semi Fire Shuts Down Portion of I-69 Friday Morning
Friday, February 21, 2020

A major scare on I-69 Friday morning in Branch County as a fire on a semi tractor trailer that was carrying hazardous materials.

Fire crews was initially dispatched to northbound I-69 at Central Road near the weigh station at 4:37 a.m. for what was first described as a brake fire.

According to Michigan State Police, the semi was hauling a double trailer that was transporting Nitric Acid in both trailers. After the fire started in the rear brakes, it spread to the rear of the trailer which became engulfed in flames and sustained significant damage.

While crews attempted to battle the blaze and clean up the wreckage, I-69 was closed between the Copeland and Fenn Road exits. No injuries have been reported.

The left hand lane was re-opened to traffic at about 7:00 a.m. however traffic remained slow in the area.