COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Traffic was halted on I-71 North, which is currently closed near Bale Kenyon Road after a truck caught fire, but has since reopened to one lane Thursday morning.
Fire units and Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a truck fire in Delaware County just before 9 a.m. The truck was off to the side of the highway, one mile north of the Ikea Way and Gemini Place exit.
The right and center lanes were originally closed as crews continued to fight the blaze, but multiple units have responded with traffic coming to a standstill. I-71 North was closed at the Polaris Parkway with traffic rerouted at the Polaris Parkway and Gemini Place exits.
At 9:55 a.m. crews opened up the left shoulder to let one lane of traffic through. As of 12:30 p.m. two lanes were open, but crews continue to tend to the truck and traffic remains heavy with delays beyond the Interstate 270 exchange to the Dublin-Granville Road exit.
At 12:45 p.m. crews began collecting orange cones to reopen the interstate.
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