Close call for semi driver after truck catches fire on Interstate 680

SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A truck fire closed a portion of the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire happened just after drivers get off the turnpike headed toward Youngstown, about a mile from Western Reserve Road.

It was a close call for the truck’s driver.

“I just came out of the toll booth and doing about 55 miles per hour, the truck just — I heard a bang then a big puff of smoke come out of the hood,” Keith Brock said. “Then with the oil coming out, I guess coming on the exhaust made the truck catch fire. I tried to use the extinguisher but it didn’t work.”

I-680 has since reopened. Traffic is beginning to flow through the area, although it is backed up. The road closed around 3:30 p.m. as crews were called to the scene.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said drivers should expect delays.

An ambulance was called out because a firefighter had heat exhaustion. No one else, including Brock, was injured.

The entire cab of the truck is destroyed.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.