Big rig fire forces lane closures on I-15
Two lanes of Interstate 15 were closed Thursday for six hours after a big rig was fully engulfed in flames just south of the Nevada border, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker.
The big rig traveling just north of Nipton Road on northbound I-15, caught fire shortly before 8 a.m. when a unknown part of the truck’s engine exploded, Spiker said.
The driver of was able to escape the truck unharmed as the big rig and surrounding brush went up in flames. Spiker said there were not any other collisions or injuries due to the incident.
Spiker said enough debris littered the freeway to force the northbound No. 2 and No. 3 lanes of I-15 to be shut down. Spiker said the lanes were fully open by 2:10 p.m. as crews worked to clear the scene.
According to Spiker, traffic was not heavily impacted, as Thursday traffic is generally light.
“Had this taken place on Friday, it would have been a whole different story,” Spiker said.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.