ALBANY, Ore. - A log truck driver prevented the fire on his rig from spreading by pulling to the center of Interstate 5 on Tuesday.
The commercial truck bound for Roseburg and transporting logs received major fire damage Tuesday morning after a fire reportedly started inside the truck as it traveled along Highway 34 east of Interstate 5 in Linn County, the Oregon State Police said.
According to Trooper Phil Van Leuven, on May 14, 2013, at approximately 10:09 a.m., a 1993 Kenworth truck driven by Randy L. Nunn, 44, from Sweet Home, was westbound on Highway 34 near milepost 14 enroute with a load of logs to Roseburg.
Nunn told police a fire started near the dashboard area inside the truck. He pulled into the center median and stopped to avoid any potential of the fire spreading to nearby grass.
Tangent Fire Department and ODOT responded to the scene. Firefighters extinguished the fire. The road was closed for over 30 minutes. The fire was restricted to the truck and didn't spread to the loaded logs.
Traffic was restored to one lane in both directions for about two more hours until the truck and trailer were removed.