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Fire destroys semitrailer, causes major delays on I-15

Published: Sat, May 3 6:25 p.m. MDT

 A tire blowout is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a semitrailers Saturday, May 3, 2014, and caused major delays on I-15 about 25 miles north of Beaver.

A tire blowout is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a semitrailers Saturday, May 3, 2014, and caused major delays on I-15 about 25 miles north of Beaver.

(Utah Department of Public Safety)

BEAVER — A tire blowout is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a semitrailer Saturday morning and caused major delays on I-15 in central Utah.

The semitrailer was traveling north about 9:25 a.m. when a trailer tire blew out roughly 25 miles north of Beaver, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The tire caught fire, which quickly spread to the trailer and truck, troopers said.

The driver was able to escape uninjured, but the semitrailer, as well as the furniture it was hauling, was reduced to chared remains.

The fire and cleanup efforts forced an hourlong closure of northbound I-15. Crews then opened one lane to traffic as they finished their work. Both lanes were reopened around 4:30 p.m.

— Jordan Ormond

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1. george of the jungle
goshen, UT,
May 4, 2014

The only time I have seen any thing like this is when a trailer brake stuck, didn't release. It was only in the winter when it froze. Some thing that you can tell by letting the truck roll you would feel it wanting to stop. I don't know what it would be like for a drum to come apart. But I think you would see the smoke in the day light or passing cars would of gotten the drivers attention. To see this makes me sad to see such a loss.

2. george of the jungle
goshen, UT,
May 4, 2014

Looking at the pictures, something inside the trailer was burning. I think that if he opened the trailer doors, he never had time to drop the load.