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Tractor trailer hauling cars catches fire

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

A rest stop along Interstate 75 in Scott County has reopened after a tractor trailer hauling cars caught fire.

The driver of the tractor trailer, hauling eight cars, pulled off at the rest stop at exit 127, thinking one of his tires was low.

But it turns out, he blew a tire, which caught on fire and quickly spread.

"You could feel the heat coming off it. It was crazy," says Charles Florence, who works at the rest stop.

Dark smoke and flames shot high into the sky Wednesday morning.

"We were standing out back and we heard a bunch of popping and cracking and we smelled something, and we came out front and the whole truck was just up in flames," Florence says.

Firefighters say the fire started in one of the tires of the tractor. The driver pulled off, thinking he just had low tire pressure.

"He got out of the truck and inspected the truck and didn't see anything. He went in the rest area and came back out and the rig was on fire," says Scott County Fire Chief Mike Fuller.

He says a blown tire sparked the fire. The flames spread to cars on the carrier, destroying two of them destroyed and damaging another.

"You could see the rubber dripping on the ground," Florence says.

Some hydraulic fluid leaked from the car carrier, so crews kept an eye on that and made sure it didn't run into any drainage systems.

The driver left from Erlanger in northern Kentucky and was heading to Tennessee. He was not injured.

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