Semi-Truck Fire in Delta County

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Semi-truck fire in Delta CountyMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)State Police at the Gladstone Post responded to a semi-truck fire early this morning in Delta County that shut down US-2 for about three hours.

The truck fire was called in around 5:40 a.m. on US-2 about a mile south of Rapid River.  The driver of the truck, 56-year-old Robert Lustila of Germfask, told Troopers he was hauling a full load of logs along the highway when he heard a loud bang.  After pulling over and getting out of the truck, he saw four-foot flames shooting out of the exhaust stack and from under the hood of the truck.

Lustila was unable to get back into the truck to get a fire extinguisher due to heavy smoke and flames.  He was not injured in the incident.

The truck, owned by WJZ & SONS, was a total loss and the trailer with the load of logs was transferred to another truck. US-2 was closed down for about 3 hours as traffic was re-routed down Bayshore Drive.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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