Semi in flames causes late night closure of southbound I-15 near Toquerville exit

The refrigerated food contents spill out what was the refrigerated trailer of a semitractor-trailer that burst into flames late Wednesday alongside southbound Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, Sept. 2, 2020.

(Chris Reed, St. George News)

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TOQUERVILLE — A semitractor-trailer engulfed in flames shut down southbound Interstate 15 at the Toquerville exit late Wednesday as firefighters raced to ensure the flames didn’t spread far from the wreckage into the brush.

The Hurricane Valley Fire Department brought down the flames, leaving very little of the vehicle, with just the back doors of the trailer intact. The contents of what was a refrigerated trailer that was full of food was spilled out on the ground.

“The semi truck was fully involved when we got here as well as the cab,” Hurricane Valley Fire Battalion Chief Merlin Spendlove said, adding that the cab didn’t have a chance to detach and was also a loss. What was left was hard to discern as having once been a vehicle.

The fire was the end of a long day for Hurricane Valley Fire, which had already battled four other brush fires Wednesday.

Read the full article at St. George News.


Chris Reed


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