UPDATE: Firefighters say 1500 gallons of water used to extinguish semi-truck fire after crash Friday afternoon

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UPDATE (4:20 p.m.) — The Peoria Fire Department released more information on the motorcycle-semi-truck crash that shut down traffic between Main and Liberty Streets in downtown Peoria Friday.

According to a press release, upon arrival, firefighters found the rear of the semi-trailer on fire. Two fire engine companies worked together to extinguish the fire, which used approximately 1500 gallons of water.

Fire crews located the motorcyclist, who was found uninjured and refused treatment or transport to a local hospital.

The crews remained on the scene for about two hours until the trailer could be towed away. Roads are now reopened.

No injuries have been reported. The fire department estimated that the fire caused $30,000 worth of damages.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria police said a crash involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck shut down Washington Street between Main and Liberty Streets in downtown Peoria Friday afternoon.

Public Information Officer Semone Roth said just after 2 p.m., a motorcycle and a semi-truck crashed near Peoria Plaza Tire, located at Washington Street and Edmund Street.

She said the semi-truck drug the motorcycle along to Washington and Liberty Streets, right in front of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

While the semi-truck did catch fire, Roth said the trailer was empty.

Roth said the motorcyclist was checked by medical personnel.

At this time, no injuries have been reported.

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