Semi-truck carrying fireworks rolls over, catches fire on Tri-State Tollway

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BERKELEY, Ill. — A semi-truck carrying fireworks rolled over and caught fire on the Tri-State Tollway causing lane closures ahead of the morning rush.

The fire caused a closure on the northbound trip of the Tri-State at St. Charles Road around 3:40 a.m. Friday. All lanes were blocked off from Roosevelt to North Avenue. Some drivers were stuck in the traffic jam for over two hours. The two left lanes of I-294 reopened around 7:30 a.m.

The Chicago Fire Department was called in and the fire has since been put out.

The driver of the truck was able to get out of the vehicle and get to safety as the truck caught fire. However, he was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Drivers were urged to use Manheim or I-355 to get around the closures.

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