At 4:02pm, emergency responders were dispatched to I65 South, under the McEwen overpass, for a semi-tractor fully engulfed in fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire as police officers diverted traffic away from I65 and McEwen Drive.
Fire officials say that the truck’s driver was traveling south on I65 when the cab of his semi began filling with smoke. As he was pulling over, the truck lost power and came to rest directly under the McEwen Drive overpass before bursting into flames. The driver was not injured in the fire, but was transported to an area hospital after experiencing a possible medical emergency at the scene. The Franklin Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.
I65 North and the two left southbound lanes opened a short time after the fire was extinguished. The overpass was opened a short time ago after TDOT inspectors rendered it safe.
Chronological updates and photos from the scene are available on Twitter (@FranklinTNPD). This is the only formal news release that the FPD intends to post. Traffic updates regarding this incident will continue via www.twitter.com/FranklinTNPD.
The Franklin Fire Department may release additional information regarding the fire and their investigation, as it becomes available.