Explosions & Fire Rock I-90 In Sioux Falls
by Tom Hanson, Anchor
July 18, 2012 6:44 PM
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.