Firefighters responded to a fire involving an Amazon semi-trailer truck during the morning rush hour Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (ABC 7 Chicago) YouTube Tips ⓘ
Illinois State Police troopers and firefighters and paramedics from Schaumburg responded about 7:42 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2023 to a report of a semi-trailer truck fire in the westbound lanes of I-90 just east of Barrington Road near Hoffman Estates. Firefighters reported seeing a smoke header while en route to the scene.
The driver was safely out of the truck when firefighters arrived.
Firefighters on arrival reported the fire involved the cab, and requested a second fire engine and a tender (water tanker) to respond to the scene. An Inverness tender was assigned at 8:10 a.m.
Firefighters cut into the side of the trailer to check for ignition of contents and extinguish fire that extended into the contents in the trailer. Initially there were no details available regarding the extent of heat or fire damage that occurred inside the trailer. Contents were removed from the trailer, and placed on the roadway.
At least two westbound right lanes were shut down at the scene near Mile Marker 63.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago also responded to the scene to inspect the scene for any possible issues with waterways, and drainage systems in the area. Approximately 30 to 40 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the area. According to a witness, a Hazmat crew at about 11:30 a.m. was cleaning up remnants of the fire.
Winds were from the south at 12 MPH gusting to 22 MPH at 7:51 a.m. at the NWS Chicago Office at O’Hare International Airport.
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