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New vehicles destroyed in truck fire

111Truck fire 1By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@www.southwesttimes.com

Several new Nissan vehicles were destroyed Thursday night when the truck hauling them on I-81 caught fire.

Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said the driver of a 2015 Peterbilt rig pulling a full-size car hauler pulled onto the shoulder of the road upon noticing smoke billowing from the truck around 9 p.m.

The driver tried to put out the fire with his fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful. Honaker said the Peterbilt truck was destroyed, along with four of eight new vehicles on the hauler.

Trooper Daniel Scaletta determined the truck’s brake system triggered the fire.

Traffic was detoured off Exit 98 in Dublin while the northbound lanes were closed. The lanes reopened around 2:20 a.m. Friday.

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