Source: San Bernardino County Fire Department (Information):
Needles, California: Lanes of eastbound Interstate 40 near J Street have reopened after a semi truck trailer fire that occurred at around 1:23 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 13th, 2020.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed over to the fire after Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Manager George DeLeon alerted Zachary well volunteering at the theft store of dark smoke seen to the west.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 responded to the scene where a trailer on fire in the right lane and off-ramp lane of eastbound Interstate 40 to J Street.
The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans closed all lanes of eastbound Interstate 40 well city crews from the City of Needles closed L Street right underneath the eastbound Interstate 40 overpass where the burning semi truck trailer was burning.
The semi truck trailer fire sent embers onto L Street below well dark smoke was plumed above into the sky that was scene from Downtown Needles, California and all around.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames, and soon after a towing crew from Active Towing arrived to help remove the burnt trailer and clean the aftermath mess.
Tow crews began removing the load from the brunt trailer, that was initially was reported as loaded with grapes but was changed to breaks.
Both directions of L Street at the Interstate 40 overpass was reopened by city crews from the City of Needles.
At around 6:42 p.m. PT, Active Towing towed away the burnt trailer, and the right lane and off-ramp lane to J Street on eastbound Interstate 40 were clean up and reopened.
The cab of the semi truck was unburnt and the driver was safe.
Thanks to Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Manager George DeLeon for alerting ZachNews of breaking news, and great work to San Bernardino County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and Active Towing.