Driver escapes burning tractor trailer
Story and Photo by Bob Bartosz
Sept. 13,2013 Nash County N.C. — Firefighters from Red Oak and Battleboro fire departments were dispatched to a reported truck fire on I-95 South bound at 144 mile marker. While en route companies were updated that it was a working fire with report of some type of explosion. Red Oak unit reported that they could see a large column of black smoke one mile away. First units on scene reported they had heavy fire showing from a tractor trailer. Firefighters used four one and three-quarter lines to fight the blaze. Water was supplied from tankers from both companies and had the fire under control in 45 minutes. The driver said that he pulled to the side of the road and attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. He told firefighters that he was transporting a shipment of goods from New Jersey to Florida when he smelled smoke and saw flames from his vehicle. The cab of the truck was destroyed and part of the trailer and contents were burned. N.C. Highway Patrol had both southbound lanes shut down for about an hour and one lane was closed for about two hours while crews were at the scene 20 firefighters and Nash County EMS unit were at the scene. No one was injured.
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