News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

Work continues to clean up and reopen Interstate 40 after several semi trucks crashed at around 1:11pm PT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 along westbound Interstate 40 near the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, just east of Five Mile Road, in Needles, California leading to 2 semi truck to erupt into flames.

According to the California Highway Patrol, westbound lanes of Interstate 40 are reopened as of 11:17pm PT and eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 were reopened as of 5:30pm PT.

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According to California Highway Patrol, at least 3 semi trucks are involved in the crash with a semi truck in the center divider and at least 2 semi truck fully engulfed in flames.

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These pictures sent into ZachNews from Lee Fairman show the wrecked semi trucks on fire up close.

Multiple fire department agencies from around the Colorado River Tri-States area responded to battling the fire, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, Desert Hills Fire District, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department.

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The 2 semi trucks were carrying tire shavings and clothing, and because of the fire, prompted the need for a hazmat team to respond.

Firefighters were still in a “defensive attack mode”, fighting the fire and its dark, toxic smoke from a distance.

ZachNews has learned that there were no injuries in the crash and fire.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

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Heavy traffic because of the closure were seen lined up for miles both westbound and eastbound Interstate 40 as California Highway Patrol closed both directions along Interstate 40 from Five Mile Road to Park Moabi Road.

Motorists were being asked to use old Route 66 to County Route 1 in Topock, Arizona to Courtwright Road to Mohave Valley Highway in Mohave Valley, Arizona, over the Needles Bridge onto North K Street to Needles Highway to Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

** ZachNews thanks to Timothy Terral from Needles, California for helping ZachNews get to this breaking news story and to Lee Fairman for providing pictures of the semi trucks on fire. **

 

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