Six 2009-model vehicles were declared total losses after the semi that was carrying them caught fire on the Ohio Turnpike about 10 am, Tuesday, Dec. 23.
The Archbold Fire Department was called to the 24-mile marker on the eastbound side of the turnpike. Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said when fire crews arrived they found the semi, with six new vehicles, ablaze.
Firefighters were able to keep one lane of the turnpike open while using 4,500 gallons of water and 25 gallons of firesuppressing foam to douse the blaze.
The tractor-trailer, driven by John Clayton Hasley II, Brighton, Mich., was owned by Allied Systems, Chicago Heights, Ill.
Brodbeck said the cause of the fire was traced to a bad trailer wheel bearing. That wheel bearing overheated, setting the tire ablaze. The fire spread to the trailer’s hydraulic system, and eventually the cars.
Brodbeck said five of the six cars were total losses.
He said one of the vehicles suffered some fire damage, but he was told it would be junked regardless.
Estimated damage was $175,000.