UPDATE: Driver calls to report flames coming from semi-truck in I-15
INKOM — Another driver spotting flames come from a driving semi-truck prompted the response of first responders near Inkom Tuesday morning.
Idaho State Police say someone called first responders around 8:30 a.m. to report the semi-truck driving southbound on Interstate 15 had flames coming from the read of the cab. According to an ISP news release, troopers arrived moments later after the truck driver pulled over and separated the truck from the trailer.
Pocatello and Pocatello Valley firefighters responded and put out the flames quickly. ISP reports the blaze extensively damaged the rear of the cab while the trailer was not involved.
The truck driver from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was not injured.
Traffic was slowed for about two hours while the right lane was blocked for first responders.
“Troopers say they appreciate the citizens’ initial call reporting the fire that allowed emergency responders to arrive quickly likely limiting the extent of the damage,” ISP said in the news release.
INKOM — Firefighters battled a semi-truck fire on Interstate 15 near Inkom Tuesday morning.
The Pocatello Fire Department reported the semi-truck caught fire at milepost 62 near the Port of Entry. Video from the scene showed a plume of smoke pouring from the truck.
Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the blaze but remained on the scene as of 9 a.m.
Idaho State Police responded and reported emergency crews blocked the right southbound lane. First responders urged people to use caution when driving through the area.
EastIdahoNews.com will provide updates when they become available.