Truck and RV catch fire on Ambassador Bridge causing shutdown

The Ambassador Bridge shut down for several hours Tuesday after a truck and trailer catch fire.

It created a major mess for first responders and an even bigger one for drivers. The bridge reopened at about 3 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

A pick-up truck towing a recreational vehicle for delivery in Canada caught fire. The truck, with a full tank of gas and an extra 100 gallons of diesel fuel, the RV with the two tanks of propane inside, making for an explosive situation.

"I was in here working and I saw all the trucks fly by," said Mark Smith, who works near the bridge. "So we come out to see what was going on and we looked over, and (saw) fire on top of the bridge."

"It was going pretty decent."

Smith works at the base of the bridge and watched as the Detroit Fire Department fought traffic to get to the top and fight the fire. It was out after about a half an hour.

But the bridge was forced to close for part of the afternoon. The Ambassador Bridge normally sees 3,900 cars cross each day and more then 9,500 semis.

Semis on this day, were backed up at the border.

One truck driver FOX 2 talked to, said he tried going to the tunnel but they sent him back to the bridge where there is no choice but to wait.

"The delay is almost one and a half hours," said truck driver Zaleem Alvi. "But I'm just going up to Windsor."

"They don't know what time it's going to be open so I don't know ," said truck driver Nayef Francis. "We'll have to wait."

The wait wasn't too long, the bridge was back in business later Tuesday afternoon.

An official from Customs and Border Patrol tells FOX 2 no one was injured. A statement released from the Ambassador Bridge said:

"Border traffic was restored to normal following a fire caused by a pick-up truck hauling a trailer headed to Canada on the US side of the bridge. Detroit Fire Department responded very promptly to the event. It is unknown at this time what caused the passenger vehicle fire.

"We appreciate the swift action of the Detroit Fire Dept. and the accommodation by border agencies to restore border traffic after an emergency event today," said Mickey Blashfield, spokesman for the Ambassador Bridge. Our new enhancement span would have accommodated the free flow of traffic without delay today, were it not for bureaucratic red-tape."

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