VIDEO: 18-wheel car carrier bursts into flames, causing rush-hour standstill on Illinois interstate

  • Source: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
  • Published: 11/15/2023 12:00 AM

The Tri-State Tollway was mired in a traffic nightmare during the evening rush Tuesday, after a semi-trailer truck hauling cars sparked a huge fire on the Tri-State Tollway in southwest suburban Willow Springs. As CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reported, traffic was very slow through the night along northbound I-294 near the scene. Illinois State Police said by 8:30 p.m., all lanes on I-294 had reopened following hours of cleanup. But late in the afternoon, the fiery crash caused some intense moments for those involved – and for drivers caught in the middle. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The thick black smoke from the wreck was visible from miles away. As she got closer, Jessica Selim said she felt the heat of the intense flames. "You hear the car physically shaking, and it's hot," Selim said. "We heard the booms. We heard the explosions."


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