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Fed Ex truck fire forces closure of I-94 near Eau Claire

Crash Investigation copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Crash Investigation copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - Most of Interstate 94 near Eau Claire was still closed Wednesday morning, after a Fed Ex semi-truck tipped over and started on fire.  

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday near the Highway 37 exit.  

The State Patrol said the truck was going east when it hit a guardrail. One trailer was disconnected, and a second one was ignited. That trailer was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Early reports said the trucker was not seriously injured. Debris from the crash was thrown into the westbound lanes of I-94, so the entire freeway was closed on Eau Claire's west side for about three hours.  

The right westbound lane re-opened around 3 a.m., but the other lanes in both directions remained closed as of 6:30 a.m. Eastbound traffic was using a detour at Highway 312.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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