Semi truck hauling chicken burns to the ground

Police say the residue made the roadway ‘slippery.'

A semi truck hauling meat burned to the ground in South Dakota early Wednesday morning, leaving a slippery mess.

The incident occurred at around 5:00 a.m. on October 14th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

The Tea Volunteer Fire Department reports that a semi truck hauling chicken meat caught fire on Interstate 29 north near the Tea exit, forcing the closure of all but one lane of the highway. 

Just a friendly heads up, Interstate 29 Northbound is closed at the Tea Exit due to semi fire this morning. No injuries occurred. Please find alternative route! Ace Towing is on scene with heavy equipment.

Posted by Tea Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Police say that the closure caused another minor wreck and that the roadway was slippery due to residue from the fire. 

As first responders worked to put out the flames, there was concern over the fire spreading due to dry and windy conditions. Luckily, the firefighters were able to contain the fire before any further damage was done. 

No injuries were reported in the incident.

UPDATE: The interstate is now open at the Tea Exit. – Alert – The northbound lane on I-29 at mile marker 73(Tea exit)…

Posted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Canton, SD on Wednesday, October 14, 2020