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UPDATE: Road reopens following truck fire near American Falls

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Courtesy Alan Reed

UPDATE:

AMERICAN FALLS – Interstate 86 near American Falls is back open after a trailer loaded with straw caught fire Monday evening.

Idaho State Police reports 45-year-old Clifton Robinson of West Valley, Utah was traveling westbound in a 2003 Peterbilt semi-truck.

The load on the trailer caught fire at milepost 11 near Raft River at 4:54 p.m. Burning straw set off a wildfire on the north side of the road.

ISP did not say what caused the fire. The fire is out now. No injuries were reported.

The right lane of travel was blocked for about four hours as crews worked to clean up the wreckage.

ORIGINAL STORY:

AMERICAN FALLS – A portion of Interstate 86 near American Falls is blocked due to a vehicle fire.

Idaho Transportation Department’s 511 app indicates Exit 15 between Raft River and Exit 1 about 26 miles west of the American Falls area is blocked, as of 6:37 p.m.

It isn’t clear what caused the fire or whether anyone was injured. Idaho State Police dispatch did not provide any additional information.

A witness driving through the area tells EastIdahoNews.com a semi hauling straw caught fire just before 5 p.m. He caught it on camera, which you can watch in the video player above.

ISP did not say when the road will reopen. You may want to find an alternate route if you were planning to travel in that area.

We will post updates to this story if we get any new information. Visit 511.idaho.gov for the latest on the road closure.

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