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Semitrailer blaze on I-40 snarls traffic

No injuries reported after beef rib cargo burns

LUDLOW • No one was injured after the tractor of a semi-truck carrying 76,000 pounds of beef ribs caught fire on Interstate 40 and blocked traffic for roughly two hours, fire officials said Sunday.

The incident was reported at 6:07 p.m. Saturday on westbound I-40 near mile marker 65.

Responding fire crews poured 6,500 gallons of water onto the fully-involved trailer, which was disconnected from the tractor, and had the blaze under control in an hour, according to a San Bernardino County Fire news release.

An additional hour was needed to overhaul the trailer, the news release stated.

An initial report that the fire had spread to nearby vegetation turned out to be false.

Personnel from County Fire and the Marine Corps Logistic Base’s Fire and Emergency Services Division were on scene to fight the fire, while officials from California Highway Patrol and Caltrans performed traffic control.

Firefighters said the trailer, traveling from Flagstaff, Ariz., to Wilmington, Calif., had a “wonderful BBQ beef rib odor to it,” according to the news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

County Fire and CHP recommend motorists stay clear of and maintain at least one lane of separation from disabled roadside vehicles. Officials also say motorists should park clear away from traffic and call for help should their vehicle ever become disabled.

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