KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Explosions & Fire Rock I-90 In Sioux Falls

Bookmark and Share

The driver of a semi tractor-trailer escaped with his life and not much else Wednesday morning on I-90 in Sioux Falls.

The driver knew something wasn't right with his truck and pulled off the interstate to Cliff Avenue. That's when he saw smoke billowing from under the tractor.

The driver tried to unhook the two trailers, but the flames were too hot and he had to step back. Moments later he was diving for cover as three explosions rocked the area near I-90 and Cliff Avenue.

Captain Scott Gacke and his team with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue arrived on the scene shortly after the explosions. 

“After we got on the scene we did not have any explosions. As we approached we saw both the front tires were both blown out and the saddle tank on the far side had blown previous to us getting here,” said Gacke.
Gacke says his crew and volunteers from the Renner Fire Department were able to get the flames under control before the fire spread to the two trailers--and it's lucky they did. The trailers contained a variety of items, including flammable liquids, pool chemicals and tires.

There's not much left of the cab, the front end is gone, vaporized and melted by the extreme heat.

“With the heat coming off that truck, it spread into grass fires on both sides. Fortunately it's not a high wind day and we had a little moisture come through so that helped out a lot," said Gacke.         

The exact cause of the fire is still being determined. The driver was not hurt. The truck and trailer belong to a trucking company based in Georgia.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Vigil Held To Remember Dalton Williams  story with video

It's been two years since 16-year-old Dalton Williams was shot and killed by his ...

Gas Prices Plummeting In Sioux Falls

You could call it an early Christmas gift. Gas prices haven't been this low in ...

Massage Therapist Reacts To Prostitution Arrest  story with video

It was a little over a week ago that an employee at Happy Dragon Massage was ...

Sioux Falls Breaks Building Permit Record  story with video  Dec. 18

Body Shops Around Sioux Falls Are Backed Up  Dec. 18

Teen Allegedly Holds Girlfriend Against Her Will  Dec. 18

Permit Approved For SD Anti-Police Brutality March  Dec. 18

Grain Elevator Collapses In Egan  Dec. 18

SFPD Looking For Casino Robbery Suspects  Dec. 18

SDN To Buy Sioux Valley Wireless  Dec. 18

SD Supreme Court Says Gambling Promos Not Taxable  Dec. 18

Wild Card 2 Ticket Sold In Huron Worth $6,000  Dec. 18

New Manager Named For SD State Fair  Dec. 18

ROTC Sergeant At BHSU Acquitted Of Rape Charge  Dec. 18

Final Reminders Of Iowa Casino Remain Temporarily  Dec. 18

Survey On Deer Licensing System 'Pretty Neutral'  Dec. 18

Mankato Man Recovering After Severe Brain Injury  Dec. 18

SD Supreme Court Says RV Seizure In Meth Case OK  Dec. 18

Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Drug Conspiracy  Dec. 18

SD man Gets 14 Months In Shotgun Threatening Case  Dec. 18

Jury Awards $1M To Families For Flood Damage  Dec. 18

Police Search For 3 Men After SD Home Invasion  Dec. 18

How To Get Hired Over The Holidays   story with video  Dec. 18

The Daily Scoop: 12-18-14  story with video  Dec. 18

KDLT News Archive

Update: Missing Man Found Deceased

A man reported missing in Charles Mix County was found deceased ...

Light Show Donates To Young Boy With Cancer  story with video

An annual light show in Madison is drawing crowds and ...

SF Building Damaged After Overnight Fire

Firefighters spent part of the early morning hours ...

SFPD Looking For Casino Robbery Suspects  Dec. 18

Police: Spencer Woman Found Dead In Apartment  Dec. 17

2nd Gold Coin Given By Anonymous Donor  Dec. 17

Snow Plows Tackle Drifts In Sioux Falls  story with video  Dec. 17

Massage Therapist Reacts To Prostitution Arrest  story with video  Dec. 18

KDLT News Archive

Marshall, Jacks win in OT

LOGAN, Utah – George Marshall scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his ...

Bos hits game-winner for Coyotes  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. —Brandon Bos hit a game-winning, 15-foot ...

Weber enjoying first job as a head coach

Although Phil Weber brought a very impressive resume to Sioux Falls, this ...

Johnston knows tough schedule will help  story with video  Dec. 18

St. Pierre gets 3rd All-American award  story with video  Dec. 18

Nagy excited to have Marshall  story with video  Dec. 18

Zenner gets another All-American award  story with video  Dec. 18

Buchta, Herd beat Des Moines  story with video  Dec. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top