CHICAGO (CBS) — Interstate 80/94 was shut down for more than four hours Thursday morning near Portage, Indiana, after a truck hauling hazardous materials caught fire early Thursday.
Indiana State Police said a 2012 Freightliner semi hauling corrosives was heading west on I-80/94 just before 5 a.m., when the driver pulled the truck over to the shoulder because “he felt something not right.” After pulling over, the driver noticed the rear wheels had caught fire, and the trailer soon was engulfed in flames.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Breezy On Tuesday
The expressway was shut down in both directions after the crash.READ MORE: Proposed Laws Would Improve Privacy Protections For Sex Crime Victims In Illinois
Police said businesses north of the fire in the Ameriplex Industrial Center also were advised to evacuate, if needed. State police also said local authorities were evacuating all homes within a half mile of the fire.
Firefighters got the blaze under control by about 7 a.m., and police reopened the expressway by about 9:15 a.m.MORE NEWS: Suburban Man Says Unlike Others, He's Had Plenty Of Contact With IDES -- But It's Been Of No Help
Police said they believe the the fire was caused by the truck’s brakes.