HALFMOON, N.Y. – Officials are investigating an early morning tractor-trailer fire which occurred today in the southbound lanes on Interstate 87, just south of the Twin Bridges.
The vehicle belonged to Fluke Transport Limited- Hamilton, Ontario, and was coming from Montreal — the cargo being carried was flour.
The driver, Wojciech Chanko, 51, from Hamilton, Ontario was not injured in the incident, and was ticketed for being an unlicensed operator for the motor vehicle.
The tractor portion of the combination rig burned entirely and the trailer hauling the cargo appears to have suffered only soot damage.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Markets have been notified and will inspect the cargo for possible contamination.
During the fire, one of the diesel fuel tanks on the vehicle burst and leaked onto the roadway and officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation were called to assist.
Officials expect to have all southbound lanes cleared and opened today prior to the afternoon rush hour traffic.
The fire began around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and was fully engulfed when responding troopers arrived on the scene. Dealing with the situation caused officials to close at least two lanes of southbound traffic and at times close all three lanes south to fight the fire and clear the scene of hazards.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but appears to have originated in the engine compartment area.