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.