Semitruck driver suffers life-threatening injuries after fire on I-39/90 in Janesville

Semitruck driver suffers life-threatening injuries after fire on I-39/90 in Janesville
Wisconsin Department of Transportation

All lanes of the interstate in Janesville are reopened after a semitruck fire stalled traffic Thursday night, according to a news release from the Department of Transportation.

Officials with the Wisconsin State Patrol said the driver of the semitruck, a 27-year-old man from Davenport, suffered life-threatening injuries.

Officials confirm a semi truck fire on I-39/90 near the Racine exit. This photo was shared on Facebook. Avoid the area if possible. #News3Now @WISCTV_News3 pic.twitter.com/DqBNE7cFI2

— Adam Duxter (@News3Adam) February 28, 2019

Numerous calls to report the fire came in to Rock County Communication Center starting at 5:24 p.m. Thursday. The scene wasn’t cleared until about 8 p.m., according to the state DOT.

Officials said the semitruck was in flames and in the right ditch when they arrived.

The driver was injured when he was hit by the semitruck after he jumped out if it while it was still moving, investigators said.

Multiple units responded to the fire, including officials with the Janesville police and fire departments, Wisconsin State Patrol and Milton Fire Department, according to dispatchers.

The Department of Natural Resources helped mitigate a diesel fuel spill from the truck’s fuel tanks, officials said.

The cause of the fire and crash are still under investigation.

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