Interstate 57 lanes reopen following truck tractor fire south of Arcola

Interstate 57 lanes reopen following truck tractor fire south of Arcola

ARCOLA — Both northbound lanes of Interstate 57 were closed south of Arcola for about four hours on Monday following a fire that destroyed a truck tractor and trailer.

Nobody was reported hurt.

According to a state police report, Craig K. Dunblazier, 51, who listed an address in Galesburg, was driving a truck tractor north on I-57 about three and a half miles south of Arcola at 2:55 p.m. when he heard the low air buzzer activate on his vehicle. Dunblazier pulled his truck over to the shoulder of the highway. When he got out to check the engine compartment, he felt heat at the hood.

He grabbed his fire extinguisher, opened the hood and saw flames that were too big for him to extinguish on his own.

Soon both the truck tractor and the semitrailer it was pulling became fully engulfed. The Arcola and Arthur fire departments came to the scene to put out the fire, but both northbound lanes remained closed until about 7 p.m.

No tickets were issued, according to police.

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