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Fire destroys semitrailer, causes major delays on I-15

Published: Saturday, May 3 2014 6:25 p.m. MDT

A tire blowout is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a semitrailers Saturday, May 3, 2014, and caused major delays on I-15 about 25 miles north of Beaver.

Utah Department of Public Safety

BEAVER — A tire blowout is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a semitrailer Saturday morning and caused major delays on I-15 in central Utah.

The semitrailer was traveling north about 9:25 a.m. when a trailer tire blew out roughly 25 miles north of Beaver, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The tire caught fire, which quickly spread to the trailer and truck, troopers said.

The driver was able to escape uninjured, but the semitrailer, as well as the furniture it was hauling, was reduced to chared remains.

The fire and cleanup efforts forced an hourlong closure of northbound I-15. Crews then opened one lane to traffic as they finished their work. Both lanes were reopened around 4:30 p.m.

— Jordan Ormond

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