New Ford pickups catch fire on I-94

April 11, 2011 12:20:22 PM PDT
Brand new Ford pickups headed to Missouri never made the trip Monday when the car hauler they were on caught fire near Michigan City, Ind.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Jim Burkhart responded to a semi fire Monday morning where four new trucks were damaged or burned. At approximately 8:01 a.m., a 1999 Volvo semi-car hauler was westbound on I-94 at the 32 1/2 mile marker just west of the Michigan City exit in the middle lane when the driver noticed smoke coming from his rear tires, an ISP news release said.

The driver, who was not injured, was able to pull the car hauler off onto the outer shoulder and saw that his rear tires on his trailer were on fire, the release said.

State police say the semi is owned by Allied Systems out of Atlanta, Ga. The semi was hauling six 2012 Ford pickup trucks. One of the trucks was destroyed and three others had smoke or fire damage. The pickups ranged in value from $40,000-$46,000. The trucks were headed to Kansas City, Mo., from Dearborn, Mich.