New cars burn on interstate
by The Press and Standard | July 19, 2018 11:06 am
A burning car carrier shut down the southbound lanes of I-95 the morning of July 18.
Safety forces from Colleton County Fire-Rescue, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were alerted to the motor vehicle fire near the 53-mile marker July 18 at about 9:30 a.m. The first fire unit on the scene found the tractor-trailer and five of the nine passenger cars on the carrier ablaze with black smoke from the burning extending across the roadway.
They requested additional units as well as water tenders to supply their firefighting efforts.
Several small explosions sent debris and air bags flying in all directions.
Both southbound lanes of I-95 were closed for approximately 25 minutes until the fire was brought under control. The closure caused traffic to back up approximately six miles.
Southbound traffic was rerouted to Sniders Highway until one lane could be reopened. Deputies and highway patrol troopers handled the traffic detour.
The truck and five cars were destroyed, and the car carrier’s trailer was heavily damaged. No one was injured during the incident.
The fire appears to have started due to a problem with wheel or tire.
The truck driver pulled to the breakdown lane and attempted to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher, to no avail.
Fire units were on the scene for approximately two hours.