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Car fire slows traffic on westbound Illinois 15 near Belleville

Crews respond to car fire on Illinois 15

Firefighters were called out to a car fire Tuesday morning on Illinois 15.
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Firefighters were called out to a car fire Tuesday morning on Illinois 15.

Villa Hills firefighters responded to a car fire on westbound Illinois 15 that disrupted traffic before noon on Tuesday near Belleville.

The car, a Hyundai Sonata, leaked oil onto the shoulder before coming to a stop west of Frank Scott Parkway. It was not immediately clear what started the fire.

A St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputy said the driver was not injured, and there were no other passengers in the car. The car’s engine compartment appeared badly damaged.

Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane, slowing the noontime traffic.

Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.

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