Fire destroys semi tractor, closes ramp to U.S. 23 for hours
Editor's note: The location has been corrected in this article.
A fire destroyed a semi tractor and kept the northbound entrance ramp to U.S. 23 from Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township closed for several hours early Tuesday.
Pittsfield Township firefighters, who were dispatched to the fire shortly after midnight, found the tractor engulfed in flames with the trailer still attached. The driver was out of the vehicle and was not injured, firefighters said in a press release.
Heat from the fire ruptured a diesel tank, and firefighters used foam to put out the fire and kept the trailer from igniting. Although the tractor, valued at $60,000 was a total loss, the trailer was not damaged.
The ramp was closed until about 5:30 a.m. while the tractor and trailer were disconnected and hauled away.
Officers from Pittsfield Township and Michigan State Police assisted with the ramp closure.
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