Source: California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County Fire Department (Information):
Needles, California: U.S. Route 95 off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40 has reopened after a semi truck fire occurred at around 6:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 13th, 2020.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 responded to the scene of the cab and trailer engulfed in flames along the far right off-ramp lane from westbound Interstate 40, and sent dark smoke into the sky which could be seen from miles away.
ZachNews received these pictures from the scene before ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez arrived to the scene from another earlier semi truck fire that occurred 10 miles down the hill along eastbound Interstate 40 near J Street; the second semi truck related fire today.
The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans closed the U.S. Route 95 off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40, a busy route to head north towards Searchlight, Nevada.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames, and soon after a towing crew from A&G Towing arrived to help remove the burnt trailer and clean the aftermath mess.
During the clean up process there were some flames and like smoke seen but the small flames quickly went out, leaving a burnt semi truck cab and trailer aftermath.
ZachNews has learned that the trailer was loaded with 30,000 lbs of watermelons, and the driver did get out safely.
The towing crew from A&G Towing removed the burnt watermelons and towed the burnt semi truck cab and trailer.
As of 9:12 a.m. PT on Friday, the California Highway Patrol tells ZachNews that the scene has been cleared and the U.S. Route 95 off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40 has been reopened.
Great work to San Bernardino County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and A&G Towing.