SLOAN, Iowa (KCAU) – UPDATE: According to Iowa 511, the other I-29 southbound lane is reopened after semi fire caused a blockage earlier on Wednesday.
I-29 southbound was down to just one lane for the majority of the afternoon after a fire started at the rear of a semi Wednesday morning near Sloan.
Authorities said southbound I-29 will be down to one lane for the majority of the afternoon.
Sloan Fire Captain Justin Mitchell told KCAU 9 that the call about the semi fire came in Wednesday at 11:41 a.m.
He said the fire started at the rear of the tractor. The semi was carrying energy drinks when the fire started.
Mitchell said the driver is fine.
He added that the interstate will probably be a single lane for a majority of the afternoon.
A lane on Interstate 29 near Sloan has reopened after traffic was blocked Wednesday due to a semi fire.
Iowa 511 said that the right lane of southbound I-29 from Exit 127 to Exit 120 is blocked.
The cause of the lane blockage is due to a semi that caught fire about a mile south of the Sloan exit. The fire now is now out.
Sloan Fire, the Iowa State Patrol, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury County Emergency Management, Salix Fire Rescue, and Whiting Fire Rescue are on the scene.
A detour using Highway 141, K45, and E24 for southbound traffic had been set up, but they have since reopened a lane of traffic.
This is a developing story. KCAU 9 will update as we learn more.