Truck hauling cows catches fire on I-280 overnight

Update: The Illinois State Patrol reported that the accident site has been cleared and all lanes were open to traffic as of 10:00 a.m.

 

Earlier: MILAN, Illinois — Traffic is backed up on Interstate 280 after a semi caught fire on the roadway overnight.

The semi fire happened around 2 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-280, Tuesday, September 26th, according to Master Sergeant Dyan Talbot with the Illinois State Police.  This area is just north of the Quad City Airport.

The vehicle was hauling cows, according to the Illinois State Police.  Eight cows died in the fire, but the rest were saved.

As of 8 a.m., the passing lane was open for traffic, but cars are still backed up and moving slowly.  The other lane was expected to remain closed until mod-morning.

Iowa Department of Transportation traffic maps show that the backup is between Route 6 and the Milan Beltway.

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