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Flames engulf semi-truck on Interstate 80 on Monday

A firefighter douses a semi-truck with water after it caught fire on Interstate 80 Monday morning. The incident shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 for several hours.
Courtesy of Tyler Rowser/North Summit Fire District

The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 were closed Monday morning near Echo Junction after a semi-truck caught fire, according to the North Summit Fire Service District.

The driver noticed smoke and flames coming from his truck at around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, said Tyler Rowser, a spokesperson for the North Summit Fire District. He said the driver pulled off of the interstate near mile marker 185 in the Castle Rock area and contacted dispatch. Castle Rock is between Echo Junction and the Wyoming state line.

The semi-truck was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews from North Summit and Uinta County, Wyoming, arrived, Rowser said. Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol and officials with the Utah Department of Transportation were also on scene.

“When we arrived, we were just trying to extinguish the fire at that point,” Rowser said.

The driver safely escaped the truck. He did not sustain any injuries.

The westbound lanes of the interstate were closed until about 12:30 p.m. as crews cleaned up the scene, Rowser said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Rowser said the truck was a complete loss, with only the frame remaining.