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Staff, news services
September 15, 2003

Truck destroyed by fire on I-5

Drivers on Interstate 5 south of Salem spent a good part of Sunday going nowhere, as traffic came to a standstill on Ankeny Hill after a truck crashed and caught fire.

The crash occurred after 7 a.m. between mileposts 244 and 243 when a truck from Nebraska-based Werner Enterprises struck the metal guardrail. The impact caused sparks to ignite diesel fuel that escaped from the truck’s punctured tanks.

The truck, carrying a partial load of tires, remained upright, but fire engulfed the truck and spread to grass growing near the roadway.

The incident closed southbound I-5 until 3:30 p.m., according to the Oregon State Police, and caused a backup that stretched as far as 15 miles as motorists were squeezed onto side roads.

All lanes were reported open at 3:30 p.m. The crash is being investigated, Hageman said.


I would love to hear the results of this investigation!

---WernerScrews 10-4