Semi catches fire on Hwy 28; driver walks away uninjured

Tuesday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. fire crews were called to a "tire fire" on Highway 28 just outside of the Red Canyon near milepost 68. Upon arrival crews found the tractor portion of a semi truck on fire and fully engulfed. The driver of the semi truck had activated two fire extinguishers in attempts to contain the fire, and he also was able to successfully unhook the trailer portion of the semi which was carrying wax. The driver walked away from the scene uninjured. It is unclear at this time who and where the driver was from. While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, overheating brakes are the likely culprit. [image: IMG_20160628_171522.jpg] [image: 13570305_1743904489227386_572058825_o.jpg] On scene was approximately 15 crew members from a combination of Lander Rural Fire, Lander City Fire, Atlantic City Fire, Sheriff's Department, and Highway Patrol. A total of six apparatus were on scene. Highway 28 was closed in both directions for about an hour while crews worked to extinguish the fire and clean up the scene. Traffic was backed up for about one mile in either direction. Folks were standing outside of their vehicles and walking around the highway during that hour delay. At around 6:00 p.m. crews opened up one lane of traffic and thereafter re-opened the entire highway. [image: IMG_20160628_171458.jpg] [image: IMG_20160628_171101.jpg] [image: IMG_20160628_163953.jpg] [image: IMG_20160628_171601.jpg] *Feature photo: h/t Mike Hitshew / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news