Interstate 75 Open After Big Rig Catches On Fire 8-18-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Interstate 75 Open After Big Rig Catches On Fire 8-18-2010

Officials have reopened all lanes of Interstate 75 after a massive fire shutdown the entire highway late Wednesday night.
Michigan State Police said a tractor-trailer hauling a dump truck blew a tire in the northbound lanes near M-81 in Buena Vista Township and struck the median.
The tractor-trailer slid along the wall for approximately 200 yards before bursting into flames and coming to rest, police said.
The rig's driver, 49-year-old Ricky Warner, of Tawas, and passenger 46-year-old Douglas Melrose, of Prescott, were able to escape before emergency crews arrived.
Police said both were taken St. Mary's Medical Center within injuries ranging from a broken arm to facial cuts.
Both the north and southbound lanes of I-75 were shut down for several hours. The roads were reopened at about 3 a.m. Thursday.
Police said speed was not a factor in the crash.
WNEM photographer Jim Webb captured video of the flames; you can view that by clicking the image below.

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