LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Westbound traffic on Interstate 24 near mile marker 33 in Livingston County, Kentucky is back open after a semi-tractor-trailer fire at the 33-mile-marker, between the Cumberland River Bridge and Grand Rivers Exit 31.
Fire crews got the call to the area shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.
KYTC says the truck is burned down to the frame. Clean up took much of the day.
The driver from North Dakota is OK. The semi was hauling bottled juice.
He told authorities he heard a pop and realized he had a blowout. He stopped to check on it and found the tire was on fire.
The driver emptied his fire extinguisher and had a gallon jug of water that he tried to use to put out the fire, but was unsuccessful.
By the time Grand Lakes firefighters arrived, the truck was engulfed in flames. They had backup from Smithland, Kuttawa, Burna and others.
KYTC crews salted the area to keep water used to fight the blaze from freezing on the pavement.