ALACHUA COUNTY ‒ Crews from Alachua County Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire Rescue and High Springs Fire Rescue were dispatched on Friday, Sept. 16 at just after 8 a.m. to a semi truck fire at the northbound I-75 392-mile marker. Crews arrived to find a semi parked on the shoulder with heavy fire coming from the cab and front of the trailer. Authorities were able to extinguish the fire with two hose lines.
The driver of the truck escaped unharmed and said that the fire started in the brakes of the rear wheels of the cab. Both fuel tanks ruptured during the fire, which caused extensive damage to the truck and the front of the trailer.
All lanes of I-75 northbound were shut down while the fire was being extinguished, but were reopened as soon as the rescue vehicles and truck were removed.
The trailer was loaded with drinks (lemonade and Coca-Cola products).
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