Truck Fire Closes I-25; Troopers Credit Driver For Handling PIckup
Interstate 25 five miles north of Casper is open again after being closed Tuesday afternoon after a truck equipment failure and grass fire, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
A 2008 Ford F-450 pickup pulling a utility trailer had an equipment failure at 4:24 p.m. while traveling northbound, according to a news release from Patrol Sgt. David Wagener.
After the driver stopped the truck on the shoulder at mile post 194, the heat from the equipment failure ignited the pickup and caused a grass fire in the adjacent ditch, Wagener wrote.
Fire crews responded and knocked down the truck fire before the flames could reach the trailer.
The response saved the estimated 445 pounds of compressed gases carried on the trailer, Wagener wrote.
The interstate was temporarily closed for the safety of oncoming traffic.
The driver of the truck, 61 year old Gail R. Anderson of Ranchester, was uninjured.
Troopers credited Anderson for successfully driving and stopping the truck off the interstate before the situation escalated.