SHIAWASEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Department of Transportation says all lanes of westbound I-69 in Shiawassee County were blocked after a car hauler caught fire Thursday afternoon.
The fire was reported around 12:20 p.m. near the M-71 interchange at Corunna and Durand. The Michigan Department of Transportation closed all westbound lanes of I-69 at M-71 around 3 p.m. while the cleanup continued.
As of 4:28 p.m. Thursday, all lanes have been reopened.
WB I-69 after M-71 Exit 118— MDOT - Bay Region (@MDOT_Bay) June 16, 2022
Update: Freeway Closed
Due to the Previous Vehicle Fire
Photos and videos from the scene show a thick column of smoke rising in the air and several fire crews at the scene.
The semi-truck towing the trailer loaded with vehicles appears to have detached, so only the trailer was on fire. There was no immediate word on injuries or when all lanes of I-69 will reopen.
Traffic on westbound I-69 was backed up several miles across the Genesee-Shiawassee county line at 3 p.m. Motorists were advised to consider an alternate route around the scene if possible.