NEW LENOX, Ill. (CBS) — A semi-trailer truck caught fire on Interstate 80 overnight, causing a major traffic snare for the morning rush.
The truck’s refrigerated trailer caught fire sometime before sunrise on westbound I-80 in New Lenox, reports CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl.READ MORE: Dixmoor Boil Order Remains In Effect As Crews Continue Work To Identify Source Of Weeklong Water Woes
The fire had been out for some time by 6:30 a.m., but the trailer was still lying in the right lane, burned all the way down to its frame rails.READ MORE: Belmont Cragin Carjacking Leads To Fiery Crash, Multiple Other Parked Cars Struck
Crews succeeded in removing the cab from underneath the charred trailer, and as of 6:30 a.m., a Bobcat was scooping up the unidentified burned cargo inside and hauling it to dumpsters.
The truck fire reduced I-80 to two lanes from LaGrange Road to about a mile past Wolf Road. One of the right lanes had reopened by 6:30 a.m.MORE NEWS: Surveilence Video Shows Moments Leading To The Arrest Of Allan M. Brown, Suspect In Kenosha Police Shooting
Further details of how the truck caught fire were not immediately available.