Blaze destroys logging truck Wednesday

RAPID RIVER – A logging truck was destroyed by fire while traveling down U.S. 2 & 41, one mile south of Rapid River, on Wednesday morning, according to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post. No injuries were reported.

Robert Lustila, 56, Germfask, was operating a 2010 International semi truck pulling a pup when he heard a loud bang. After pulling to the shoulder, he exited the vehicle to investigate the noise and saw four-foot flames coming from the stack and under the hood, said troopers. Masonville Township and Brampton Township volunteer fire departments responded to the 5:40 a.m. emergency and put out the fire. The Delta County Road Commission assisted with traffic and cleanup at the scene. Also assisting were Gladstone Public Safety and Delta County Sheriff Department.

Traffic was shut down on the highway for about three hours as police detoured vehicles onto Bayshore Drive. The truck, owned by WJZ & Sons Harvesting of Germfask, was a total loss. The load of logs on the semi was downloaded to another rig which also pulled the fully-loaded pup from the scene, said troopers.