Truck Fire on I-75 Southbound

Truck fire 1I came across this truck fire today (about 6 p.m.) on the way home from Atlanta, southbound in Interstate 75, near exit 228 in Stockbridge. There appeared to be no injuries. But what’s crazy is that while firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, something inside the truck exploded like fireworks (see below). The truck was pulling a trailer owned by Ira Higdon grocery stores, based in Cairo, Ga.

Luckily, I was able to get in front of the truck before the blocked off the interstate, I can only imagine how far this backed traffic up. I’m just glad no one was injured.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that NBC News picked up my photo:

Truck fire NBC screenshot

7 Comments

  1. Reply
    Tim Hynes April 2, 2014

    Saw the same fire on the way home yesterday mself–in fact, likely we passed that spot within minutes of each other, Kevin

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles April 4, 2014

      It was definitely a sight to see, Dr. Hynes!

  2. Reply
    Robert Harris April 4, 2014

    This was my truck and no I’m not injured. Great pics by the way

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles April 4, 2014

      I’m glad that you are OK! Thank for you the compliment, but I hate that you lost a truck in the process and had to go through that ordeal.

      • Reply
        Robert Harris April 4, 2014

        It was insured and my boss didn’t get mad

  3. Reply
    Mark Spradlin April 7, 2014

    The explosion you reference was likely a magnesium component of the truck ignited by the fire. It reacts violently when water is applied. I was the firefighter you see kneeling in one of your photos.
    Great photos and thanks for posting them!

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles April 7, 2014

      Thanks for the explanation and the kind words, Mark. I just added the screenshot where NBC NEWS ran the photo (above) with you in it. Take care.

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