Truck driver Clay Steven McDonald watches as more firemen arrive to fight a blaze in his two-trailer semi rig. It apparently started when a tire blew out, knocking a hole in the diesel tank.

Truck blaze slows traffic on interstate

   Passersby got a glimpse of a major truck fire late Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 40, along with Clinton firefighters battling the blaze.

   Fire Chief Randy Carpenter said the truck was sitting on the westbound shoulder and a strong south wind was blowing smoke away from the highway, so traffic was allowed to go around it and continue west. Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol units were set up before traffic got to the truck to warn drivers to use caution.

   Carpenter said the fire was believed to have started when a tire blew out, knocking a hole in the truck’s fuel tank. Flames eventually engulfed all four back tires on the rear pup of a two-trailer rig the truck was pulling.

   No one was hurt.

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