An early morning tractor trailer fire in the southbound lanes of I-87, just south of the Twin Bridges, caused traffic to back up in the rush-hour commute.
State Police continue to investigate the fire, which began around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The tractor trailer was fully engulfed by the time troopers arrived at the scene. The incident caused officials to close at least two lanes of southbound traffic and at some points, all three lanes going south to help fight the fire and clear the scene of hazards.
Diesel fuel tanks on the tractor-trailer burst during the fire and leaked onto the roadway. Officials from the Department of Environmental Conversation were called to assist.
The tractor trailer belonged to Fluke Transport Limited, a Hamilton, Ontario-based company. It was coming from Montreal and carried flour. The driver, Wojciech Chako, 51, of Hamilton, was not injured and is being ticketed for being an unlicensed driver of the vehicle.
The tractor portion of the rig burned entirely, while the trailer hauling the cargo sustained only soot damage. Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Markets have been notified and will inspect the flour for any contamination.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but state police said it appears to have originated in the engine compartment area of the truck.
Responders to the scene included state police units, the Latham Volunteer Fire Department, the Crescent-Vischer-Ferry Fire Department, and the Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response unit.
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