By Liz Vos
A semi trailer hauling frozen French fries burned along interstate 94 on Oct. 18 around 10:30 a.m.
The truck’s driver, Joey Kellen of Brandon, South Dakota, was uninjured, but a bit shaken as he stood in the ditch.
Kellen said he was in the eastbound lane, just passing through Albany when the trailer’s right rear wheel exploded. Kellen pulled over immediately to find the wheel in flames. He attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher in his truck, but it was too late and the flames overtook the trailer.
“I was able to get the truck detached and pulled that ahead,” Kellen said.
Above him, smoke billowed as the Albany Fire Department fought the blaze. Traffic was backed up as crews worked on the scene and smoke could be seen for miles as the trailer and its contents burned