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Semi fire halts I-70 traffic in Putnam County

A fire in a semi tractor-trailer temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Putnam County on Tuesday evening.

Indiana State Police at Putnamville report that at 7:19 p.m., authorities responded to the 32-mile marker in western Putnam County where a 2011 Volvo pulling a box trailer loaded with frozen chicken was on fire.

Driver Ronald G. Weidenhammer, 52, of Leesport, Pa., told police he noticed smoke in the driver’s compartment so he stopped the vehicle on the emergency shoulder of the road. However, he was unable to suppress the growing fire.

Members of the Reelsville and Cloverdale fire departments extinguished the fire around 8:30 p.m. The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour.

A cause of the fire was undetermined Tuesday night. The vehicle and its contents were considered a total loss. There was no crash involved and no injuries reported. The truck was traveling from Missouri to Pennsylvania.

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