A semi hauling 19
tons of bagels caught fire on I-65 in Jasper County on Sunday, the Indiana
State Police said.
police, at 5:40 p.m. an off-duty trooper observed a semi-tractor trailer
northbound on I-65 “smoking heavily from the rear axle” and succeeded in
stopping it approximately six miles south of the Rensselaer exit.
“By this time the
brakes on the semi-trailer were on fire and spreading to the trailer
itself,” police said. “The driver failed to release the brakes, causing them
to spark fire. The rear tires exploded due to the heat from the brake fire.
The trucker, Quiner
Louis, 31, of Boynton Beach, Fla., managed to disconnect the tractor from
the trailer, and firefighters extinguished the blaze, police said.
Louis was hauling
38,000 pounds of frozen bagels.
The right lane of
I-65 was closed until 1 a.m. today for removal of the trailer and cleanup,