Vehicle fire briefly shuts down southbound I-69 north of Fort Wayne

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An INDOT camera shows traffic on Interstate 69 stopped at the Hollopeter Road overpass. (INDOT)

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A vehicle fire stopped southbound traffic on Interstate 69 north of Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon.

Dispatchers told WANE 15 there was a vehicle fire in the area of the 318 mile marker, a mile north of the Union Chapel Road interchange.

Traffic along the interstate was stopped. INDOT showed traffic stopped from the Auburn Road/Vandolah Road overpass north to the C.R. 60 overpass in DeKalb County.

The vehicle fire also resulted in a separate crash just north in DeKalb County. Just after 3:30 p.m., a car being driven by Juanita Gambler, 29, of Hicksville, OH, was slowing down her vehicle due to slowed traffic on southbound I-69 near the 322 mile marker. The car being driven by Gambler was then rear-ended by another vehicle driven by Saul De Jesus Hernandez Barrientos, 44, of Waterloo.

Courtesy: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department

Barrientos advised DeKalb County Police that he attempted to stop, but could not avoid the collision.

A pair of passengers in the car driven by Gambler were transported to an area hospital with various injuries, according to a release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. They were reported in fair condition.

Dispatchers confirmed traffic on I-69 was flowing again by 4:40 p.m.

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