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2016 story: I-94 cleared after truck fire

Traffic along I-94 was stopped this morning after a semi truck east of the Roberts exit started on fire. Authorities have yet to release more information about the fire. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)1 / 3
Traffic was being rerouted from the eastbound lane back onto the westbound lane of I-94 this morning after a burning semi truck caused a shutdown of the highway. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)2 / 3
The long line of eastbound traffic on I-94 was stopped this morning after a semi truck started on fire along the highway. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)3 / 3

Editor's note: This story is from December 2016. Updates on the Sept. 27, 2018 crash can be found here.

ROBERTS -- A semi truck fire about a mile east of the Roberts exit this morning slowed traffic to a halt along I-94 in Western Wisconsin for several hours as emergency personnel arrived on scene to extinguish the flames and control the traffic.

The truck was filled with mail.

The entrance to I-94 was closed at the Highway 65 eastbound ramp and it wasn't clear when that entrance would be opened.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, the State Patrol had yet to issue a press release about the situation.


The Wisconsin State Patrol issued the following news release regarding the incident ...

The tractor-trailer that burned along I-94 was carrying U.S. mail. (Submitted photo)The details of the crash are as follows:

On Dec. 13, at approximately 8:22 a.m., the Wisconsin State Patrol was notified of a semi fire on I-94 eastbound near mile marker11.

When officers arrived the semi-tractor was fully engulfed and the fire had spread into the trailer. The driver was not injured. Due to the hazardous conditions of the fire and safety of emergency responders the emergency alternate route was activated for the eastbound traffic on I-94.

The semi unit, operated by Navigation Group Inc. from Downers Grove, Ill., was transporting U.S. mail. A U.S. postal inspector was dispatched to the scene to assist in the clean-up and security of the mail. The scene was cleared and traffic was re-opened at 12:46 p.m.

Assisting agencies included Roberts Fire Department, River Falls Fire Department, United Fire Department, St. Croix County Highway Department, and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.