The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but Latham says it was probably either a blowout or a brake axle on the left side that got overheated. However, he added that the driver, who was taking the load of pears to Miami, Fla., was able to unhook the trailer, which was totally destroyed, from the truck and was able to escape injury.
“It was a 53-foot refrigerated trailer, and it was filled top-to-bottom and end-to-end with cardboard boxes that were full of pears and wrapped in plastic,” Latham said. “It was on the Interstate, and we had to unload it and get it onto the exit ramp.”
The Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department fielded 12 firefighters and 12 trucks, and was assisted by the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Trigg County Ambulance Service, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said Latham.
Keith Todd, public information officer for Districts One and Two of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says cleanup took at least eight or nine hours because of the extensive cleanup efforts that were required.
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