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A semitrailer that caught fire on Interstate 65 in southern Bartholomew County backed up traffic for more than an hour Monday morning.
Kyle Goff of Louisville, Ky., who works for Homestretch Logistical Solutions, also of Louisville, said he was hauling corrugated boxes to Richmond when the fire erupted in his cab about three miles south of the Walesboro-Ogilville exit.
“I started seeing smoke, and then fire started coming through the dashboard. As far as I can tell, there was a short in the wiring,” said Goff, who was not injured.
Goff said he immediately pulled over to the shoulder of the interstate, got out of the cab and called for help.
While the flames destroyed the cab, the fire caused only minor scorching of the front of the trailer, said Master Trooper Tommy Walker of the Indiana State Police.
A hazardous materials team from the Columbus Fire Department was called in to clear fuel and oil that had spilled from the burning cab onto the interstate, Walker said.
The fire caused the northbound lanes to be closed, backing up traffic for about six miles to the State Road 11 interchange near Seymour. Once the cab was hauled away by a tow truck, one lane of northbound I-65 was reopened to traffic.
The State Road 11 exit reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Members of the Wayne Township Fire Department were assisted by the Southwest and Columbus Township fire departments.
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