Driver unharmed after semi fire on I-75 (video)

Press release from Alachua County Fire Rescue

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – At 8:03 a.m., crews from Alachua County Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire Rescue, and High Springs Fire Rescue were dispatched to a report of a semi truck on fire at the 392 mile marker of I-75 northbound. Crews arrived to find a semi parked on the shoulder with heavy fire coming from the cab and front of the trailer. The fire was quickly extinguished with two hose lines.

The driver of the truck escaped unharmed and stated that the fire started in the brakes of the rear wheels of the cab. Both fuel tanks ruptured during the fire, and there was extensive damage done to the truck and the front of the trailer. The trailer was loaded with drinks (lemonade and Coca-Cola products). All lanes of I-75 northbound were shut down while the fire was being extinguished, but all lanes have since been re-opened.