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Archive for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Turnpike reopened to eastbound traffic after semitrailer catches fire east of Lawrence

January 16, 2013, 10:28 a.m. Updated January 16, 2013, 1:55 p.m.

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Eastbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike were reopened Wednesday by 3:30 p.m., after traffic was blocked for hours by a semitrailer that caught fire this morning. The truck remained on the turnpike until afternoon after the fire was extinguished about 11 a.m.

The truck caught fire at mile marker 217, which is 13 miles east of the East Lawrence interchange.

A semi-tractor trailer that caught fire this morning remained on the Kansas Turnpike into the afternoon, after blocking eastbound traffic at mile marker 217, which is 13 miles east of the North Lawrence interchange.

A semi-tractor trailer that caught fire this morning remained on the Kansas Turnpike into the afternoon, after blocking eastbound traffic at mile marker 217, which is 13 miles east of the North Lawrence interchange.

Fire departments from Reno, Stranger and Fairmount townships in Leavenworth County responded to the fire. No injuries were reported, said Randy Gilliam, assistant chief of the Stranger Township Fire Department.

The truck was "fully involved" in flames, and caught fire just after it passed through the toll booth, Gilliam said. The driver stopped the truck to inspect the brakes and found them so hot they caused the tires to catch fire.

Towing crews were still working to clear the road at 1:30 p.m. Because of the damage, it was necessary to separate the truck and the trailer and unload part of the trailer's cargo. The truck was carrying aluminum cans for recycling.

Because of cold temperatures in the shadow of the semitrailer, KTA workers salted the turnpike to prevent water from the firefighters' efforts from turning to ice.

Comments

FlintlockRifle 1 year, 11 months ago

Brakes hot??, probably running recaps and blew one of them and metal cord hiting highway set the other tires on fire. Have you ever come up on a semi after dark and seen a pretty blue flame coming from one of his tires, usually you see tire parts on the road a few miles back.

windjammer 1 year, 11 months ago

Could you please tell me how blowing a recap tire could cause the brakes to overheat? I have never seen a blown tire catch the others on fire. I have never even seen a tire catch fire by itself blown or otherwise.

M. Lindeman 1 year, 11 months ago

If you over heat your brake pads or have a mechanical malfunction where one hangs up and over heats. Once they get hot enough to flame up it is very difficult to put out.

windjammer 1 year, 11 months ago

If you will look at that tractor that is completely burned you will see tires not burned.

DanR 1 year, 11 months ago

Except for the ones that are burned to the rims.

beerbaron03 1 year, 11 months ago

that doesn't look too bad, it should buff right out.

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