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July 22, 2010

Semi Fire Closes Interstate 74

Greensburg — On Wednesday morning at approximately 6:27 a.m., Indiana State Police Tpr. Chris Richey responded to a report of a semi fire on westbound I-74 near the 150 mile marker in Ripley County near Batesville.

According to Tpr. Richey, a 1999 Kenworth semi tractor was pulling a tank trailer loaded with liquid asphalt when a right rear trailer tire exploded causing the other right side trailer tires to catch fire. The fire spread to the trailer burning completely through the outside trailer hull. Westbound I-74 was closed for approximately 30 minutes while firefighters extinguished the blaze. The driver of the semi, 58-year-old Emery Ice of Ft. Branch, Ind., was not injured during the incident.

Assisting Tpr. Richey at the scene was the Batesville Police Department, the Ripley County Sheriff's Department and the Batesville Fire Department.

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