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18-wheeler catches flames after blowout on Highway 465

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18-wheeler fire highway 465
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At around 2:30 p.m., an 18-wheeler hauling corn from Eagle Lake snarled traffic for about 20 minutes on Highway 465 after its cargo trailer tires caught flames.

18-wheeler fire highway 465

The truck was reported to have suffered a blowout and caught flames before the vehicle could come to a stop. (Photo by David Day)

According to reports, the 18-wheeler suffered a blowout and was unable to bring the truck to a stop before the tires flared up. Traffic around the area was temporarily impacted about a mile and a half from Highway 61.

18-wheeler fire highway 465

Culkin and Eagle Lake firefighters responded to assist. (Photo by David Day)

Firefighters from Culkin and Eagle Lake responded. Chris Libbey, Jerry Briggs, Chuck Tate and Lamar Fredrick were on the scene to assist in getting the blaze under control.

18-wheeler fire highway 465

(Photo by David Day)

Traffic began moving about 20 minutes after the incident and is currently flowing around the area.

18-wheeler fire highway 465

Traffic around the scene was affected for about 20 minutes. (Photo by David Day)

No injuries were reported. However, part of the load which was headed for the granary was lost.

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