Semi trailer hauling toilet paper catches fire on I-75

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash that occurred on Interstate 75 in Perrysburg Township.

Driver Rock Plourde, 56, of LaSalle, Canada was hauling a semi tractor trailer with 20,000 pounds of toilet paper.

On Tuesday night shortly after 10 p.m. as he was traveling southbound on I-75, Plourde's trailer air lines dislodged and began to catch on fire, causing his rear trailer axles to catch on fire. The fire then shot upright catching his trailer and load of toilet paper on fire.

No injuries were sustained as a result of the fire.

A massive pile of toilet paper and boxes was left sitting on the side of the road. Fire officials said it is Plourde's company's responsibility to clean up all the toilet paper.

All three southbound lanes were closed to allow fire crews to combat and contain the fire. Firefighters said the situation could have been much worse.

"We always have brakes that are overheating here or there, probably not to that extent that the side of the semi truck catches on fire. Luckily, it wasn't anything, as far as hazardous materials, where we had a huge mess on our hands rather than toilet paper," said Assistant Chief Jon Seiverth with the Perrysburg Fire Department.

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