Semi Truck Car Carrier Burns On I-70

Pocahontas-Old Ripley firefighters responded Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., to a report of a semi truck on fire on Interstate 70, in the westbound lanes at the 37 mile marker.

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According to Fire Chief Dennis Lindley, the truck was a car carrier with six vans. The cause of the fire was a blown rear tire which overheated and ignited the rear axle which in turn ignited the trailer. The driver disconnected the tractor and pulled it away so it suffered no damage. The trailer and six vans on the trailer were totally destroyed.

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Lindley said one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and went to the hospital. Greenville firefighters provided mutual aid with manpower and a pumper.

Fire department personnel were on the scene for an hour and a half.