MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (STMW) — A brand new Ford pickup was destroyed, and three others sustained smoke and fire damage, when the semi that was hauling them to Missouri caught fire in Northwest Indiana on Monday morning.

About, 8 a.m., a 1999 Volvo semi-car hauler was westbound on I-94 at the 32 1/2 mile marker near Michigan City in the middle lane when the driver, James Boyer, 52, of Jackson, Mich., noticed smoke coming from his rear tires, a release from Indiana State Police said.

Boyer was able to pull the car hauler onto the outer shoulder and saw that the rear tires on the trailer were on fire. Boyer was not injured, ISP said.

The semi is owned by Allied Systems out of Atlanta, Ga., and was hauling six 2012 Ford pickups. One was destroyed and three others had smoke and/or fire damage, according to the release. They ranged in value from $40,000-$46,000, state police said. The trucks were headed to Kansas City, Mo., from Dearborn, Mich.

Firefighters from Westville, Chesterton and Coolspring Township responded to the scene, as did the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.

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