By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Needles, California: All lanes of eastbound Interstate 40 are open following a semi truck fire along eastbound Interstate 40 just west of Five Mile Road on Thursday, June 25th, 2020.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed over to the scene at around 2:00 p.m. after receiving reports from fans Samantha Campbell and Jared Johnston of dark smoke and flames seen from a semi truck along Interstate 40.
Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responsed to the scene, the cab area of the semi truck was fully involved in flames.
ZachNews has learned that the driver of the semi truck was able to separate the cab from the trailer, and to get to safety before the cab fully engulfed into flames.
California Highway Patrol and Caltrans closed all eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, backing up traffic for miles, pass J Street.
Motorists were told to use U.S. Route 95 south to Fire Mile Road east as an alternate around the incident.
Some of the vegetation along the right shoulder along eastbound Interstate 40 as well as in the center divider of Interstate 40 across from the semi truck fire also burned.
Firefighters were able to put out both the cab of the semi truck fire as well as the vegetation along Interstate 40.
California Highway Patrol along with Caltrans was able to open up the left lane of eastbound Interstate 40 as motorists in the traffic jam slowly went by the fire scene.
Tow crews from A Toe Truck in Downtown Needles, California and Parker, Arizona worked on cleanimg the burnt out wreckage of the cab as well as clean up along the shoulder and the roadway so that traffic can reopen
Just before 8:00 p.m. PT, the burned cab and trailer that was not burned up in the fire were cleared and Caltrans we’re beginning to open up right lane.
Great work to San Bernardino County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and A Toe Truck for responding, put out and cleaning up the semi truck fire.
Thanks to fans Samantha Campbell and Jared Johnston for alerting ZachNews of this breaking news story and the employees at A Toe Truck for helping to keep ZachNews cool in the heat and for helping to get back into town.