Semi carrying fireworks crashes and burns on Tri-State, closing northbound lanes for hours

The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. at St. Charles Road

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Firefighters extinguish a blaze Friday morning on the Tri-State Tollway at St. Charles Road.

Firefighters extinguish a blaze Friday morning on the Tri-State Tollway at St. Charles Road.

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Rush-hour traffic was tied up for hours after a semi carrying fireworks rolled over and caught fire on the Tri-State Tollway at St. Charles Road Friday morning.

The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. and shut down all northbound lanes from Roosevelt Road to North Avenue, according to fire officials. 

Two lanes were opened by 7:30 a.m., but significant delays were still being reported an hour later.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, officials said.

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