Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down Westbound I-696 near Woodward
No one was hurt in the late morning incident on Thursday and the cause of the fire is unknown, the Royal Oak Fire Department reports.
A tractor trailer caught fire while traveling west on I-696 around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, shutting down the freeway between the Campbell/Hilton exit and Woodward.
Sgt. Brian Gothard of the Royal Oak Fire Department said no one was injured in the incident. The cause was unknown as of mid-day.
"It just caught fire as it was driving down the road," Gothard said.
The tractor itself was a total loss, he said.
Police and fire departments were on the scene and waiting for a crew to handle a HAZMAT situation, as the truck was leaking diesel fuel.
"We've got that contained we're just waiting for a clean-up crew to come and take care of it," Gothard said Thursday afternoon.
Traffic on westbound I-696 was backed up beyond Dequindre and officials were considering shutting down the ramps from I-75 to westbound I-696.
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