Car-hauler fire blocks traffic on I-10
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 18, 2014, 17:51
Bay St. Louis firefighters battled a fire on a a vehicle hauler Tuesday morning on I-10. The driver was able to escape his truck safely.
A big rig hauling cars caught fire Tuesday morning on I-10 after the truck experienced a blow-out.
Bay St. Louis Assistant Police Chief Christine DeBouchel said Tuesday that a United Road truck was traveling west on Interstate 10 near Exit 13 Tuesday morning when one of its tires blew out about 8:10 a.m.
The vehicle caught fire and the driver pulled over to the side of the road, she said.
The driver of the truck, Melvin Lewis of Irvin, Tx., was able to exit the vehicle safely, DeBouchel said.
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department arrived shortly after the crash and began battling the blaze.
The fire was contained quickly, however, a white BMW in the rear of the hauler suffered significant fire damage, officials said.
The fire caused brief traffic delays on I-10, but the road was reopened by 9:30 a.m.