Semi-truck carrying oil catches fire and closes Interstate 90

MENTOR, Ohio - The rig, carrying about 27,000 pounds of motor oil containers, caught fire on I-90 eastbound and shut down the highway between State Route 306 and State Route 615 in Mentor early this morning.

The I-90 east exit ramp to Rt. 306 is also open, but the Rt. 306 entrance ramp to I-90 eastbound remains closed until further notice as clean-up continues. Drivers are being detoured via Rt. 306 to Rt. 84 to Rt. 615 to I-90 eastbound.

Mentor police reported that the call for a burning truck came in to dispatch at 2:14 a.m. on Monday and that fire departments from Mentor, Kirtland and Willoughby have responded.

A hazmat crew also responded to the scene, and the main concern is oil runoff getting into the environment.

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The driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries because noticed that the trailer was smoking just before it became fully engulfed in flames, fire officials said.

"The truck driver correctly disconnected the truck from the trailer and pulled away from it," Mentor Fire Chief Richard Harvey said.

The ramp from Route 306 to I-90 eastbound is also closed, but Route 306 is open to traffic. Police said they expect the ramp from 306 onto I-90 to remain closed throughout the morning.

Check back for updates and tune in to Good Morning Cleveland for live reports throughout the morning. 

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