Diesel truck fire shuts down section of I-94

A diesel truck caught on fire near Evansville by exit 82 on Interstate 94.

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A diesel truck burns on Interstate 94 near mile post 81 on Sunday, Feb. 19.
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EVANSVILLE — A diesel truck caught on fire on Interstate 94 and caused the freeway to close on Sunday, Feb. 19.

At 12:26 p.m.on Sunday, a call came into the Douglas County Sheriff's Office dispatch about a fire involving a truck hauling a camper trailer on Interstate 94 near Evansville's exit 82, about 22 miles west of Alexandria.

According to Evansville's fire chief Tyler Anderson, the driver of the truck was heading west when he pulled over near mile marker 81 after he thought something may have blown up in his engine. The truck ignited shortly after. The true cause of the fire is unknown.

The truck and trailer that ignited on Interstate-94 on Sunday, Feb. 19 is a total loss.
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The Minnesota State Patrol closed down westbound traffic while Evansville Fire Departments worked to extinguish the fire.

The interstate fully opened after Evansville cleared the scene a little before 2:30 p.m.


Damage to the camper trailer after the truck ignited on Interstate-94 on Sunday, Feb. 19.
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No injuries were reported.

Anderson said he had no worries about any danger as his crew had the fire under control.

Emergency responders included the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Evansville Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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