Texas 18 Wheeler Fires Include FatalitiesMarch 26, 2015
A series of Texas 18 wheeler fires shut down major traffic lanes across the state. At least one Texas 18 wheeler fire resulted in fatalities. An accident south of Temple caused one rig to knock down a bridge and another to catch fire. Another accident near Temple forced a bridge closure after a tanker truck caught fire. A crash near Abilene caused an explosion that killed the truck driver. A truck fire at a busy Houston intersection shut down traffic for hours.
Salado Texas 18 Wheeler Fire
An accident near the town of Salado apparently caused both a Texas 18 wheeler fire and a bridge collapse. The accident occurred at around 11 a.m. near Interstate 35 and FM 2484, just 25 miles south of Temple. Police reports showed that a big rig slammed into a bridge support, causing the bridge to collapse. The Texas 18 wheeler fire involved a second rig in the accident after the bridge collapse. State troopers reported a single fatality at the accident site. Authorities shut down traffic in both directions and called for heavy equipment to remove the damaged trucks.
Temple Texas 18 Wheeler Fire
A tanker truck in Tyler was nearly involved in a fatal Texas 18 wheeler fire. The accident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday evening on Loop 363 near Interstate 35 in Tyler. The crash totaled the rig’s cab, causing it to catch fire. The driver escaped without injury. Firefighters were able to extinguish the Texas 18 wheeler fire before the blaze could spread to the thousands of gallons of fuel the tanker truck was carrying. Authorities closed the bridge for two hours, but reported that the accident did not cause any structural damage.
Tye Texas 18 Wheeler Fire
A powerful explosion and Texas 18 wheeler fire happened Wednesday morning near the small town of Tye. The Texas 18 wheeler fire occurred near Interstate 20 and FM 707, just west of Abilene. The area serves as both a repair station and a rest stop for long-haul truck drivers. Witness accounts state that the driver pulled off the interstate and crashed at FM 707. The driver, 43-year-old Khoa Nguyen of Haltorn City, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Houston Texas 18 Wheeler Fire
A Texas 18 wheeler fire shut down traffic at a busy Houston freeway interchange. The accident happened during the early morning rush hour on U.S. 290 right before the interchange with Interstate 10. An empty truck was involved in a Texas 18 wheeler fire, forcing police to divert traffic to a nearby exit. The fire also forced the closure of the HOV lane on U.S. 290. No injuries were reported and firefighters extinguished the fire in less than an hour.
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