Blown Tire Leads to Truck Fire, Causes I-15 Delays - NBC 7 San Diego

Blown Tire Leads to Truck Fire, Causes I-15 Delays

Investigators could not confirm the truck driver was working for Amazon but an insurance investigator told NBC 7 he was hired by the company.

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    Charred Box Trailer Truck Left on Side of Freeway After Fire

    A scorched box trailer truck remained on the side of the northbound Interstate 15, after a tire blew out and sparked a fire burning through the entire vehicle. Crews have been working on figuring out how to move it. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    A blown tire set a tractor trailer on fire late Tuesday and led to significant delays along two San Diego highways during the evening commute.

    Several lanes of northbound Interstate 15 were closed when a delivery truck caught fire at 1:30 p.m. beneath the Miramar Way exit sign.

    The driver managed to escape injury but the fire destroyed the truck and sent thick smoke over I-15 and State Route 163.

    Investigators could not confirm the truck driver was working for Amazon but an insurance investigator told NBC 7 he was hired by the company.

    There were no packages in the truck at the time of the fire, officials with San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

    Crews spent the afternoon clearing the site of the fire, as traffic backed up to a stand-still. After an hours-long closure, the freeway was opened to traffic after 6 p.m.

    The truck was nearly 17 feet tall which means CHP officers had to apply for a permit to remove the damaged trailer. The process was expected to take hours.

    Truck Catches Fire, Closing Multiple Lanes on I-15 N, SR-163Truck Catches Fire, Closing Multiple Lanes on I-15 N, SR-163

    Black smoke billowed from Interstate 15 and State Route 163, when a semi truck caught fire. Multiple lanes of the northbound I-15 were shut down for hours. NBC 7’s Wendy Fry reports.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016)

    Here's a map of where the big rig caught fire:

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