Early this morning, a tractor trailer hauling wood caught on fire, causing both lanes of Interstate-68 to close for an extended period of time.
According to Maryland State Police, on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3:40 a.m., Troopers responded to I-68 eastbound, near Exit 68 in Little Orleans, Allegany County, for the report of a vehicle fire.
Upon their arrival, they discovered a 1998 Peterbilt truck, hauling a 1995 flatbed trailer that was loaded with wood, caught fire after its rear tandem brakes overheated. The fire caused the wood on the trailer to ignite.
The driver, David McBee, 58, of Hooversville, Pa., was able to pull the truck and trailer to I-68’s shoulder before exiting the vehicle.
Fire crews responded to the scene and extinguished the fire before the truck’s cab could catch fire.
Due to the extenet of the damage and heat from the fire, both lanes of I-68 were closed for an extended period of time to allow crews to remove the vehicle and clean-up the scene.
The driver, McBee, refused treatment on scene and was released.