Semi fire backs up traffic on I-57 near Benton

(Source: Arnold Wyrick)
(Source: Arnold Wyrick)
(Source: Arnold Wyrick)
(Source: Arnold Wyrick)

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Traffic was backed up for nearly six miles on Interstate 57 due to a semi-truck fire near Benton, Illinois.  All lanes were opened up to traffic around 2:30 p.m., according to state police.

According to Illinois State Police Trooper David Sneed, the semi fire was two miles south of Benton at mile marker 69.

Traffic was backed up to mile marker 61.

It started around 9 a.m.  Trooper Sneed says the semi was hauling plastic materials and had caught fire several times.  Fire crews had to keep putting out the fire.

Northbound passing lane traffic is open and started moving slowly shortly before noon, according to Trooper Sneed.  He says the driving lane was still shut down.

All lanes were re-opened to traffic at 2:30, according to ISP.

Around 12:30 p.m. traffic was still backed up for around 5 miles.

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