On August 8, 2013 around 10:25 pm, Pinion Pine firefighters received an alarm for a reported vehicle fire on Interstate 40 eastbound near the 63 mile marker which brought the response of two engines and a Chief Officer. E511 was the first unit on scene to find a semi on the shoulder with heavy damage to the rear of the trailer and a second semi in the median with the cab fully involved. Crew deployed a CAFS attack line and suppressed the fire, keeping it from extending to the load in the trailer. The driver of the second vehicle was transported by ground to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. The accident was caused when a tractor trailer struck the rear of another tractor trailer for an unknown reason, causing it to slide into the median where it later caught on fire. The incident is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. Due to the amount of debris on the roadway, traffic was reduced to the shoulder for approximately 3 hours.
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Article and Photos by Lt. Ron Hood, PPFD