Driver escapes unharmed from burning semi

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – April 24, 2017

Another semitrailer driver awakened a driver who was asleep in the cab of a tractor-trailer, when its engine caught fire at a Salina truck stop Saturday night, a fire department spokesman said.

Salina Fire Department battalion chief Scott Abker said the driver escaped without injury before the blaze reported at 9:58 p.m. spread to the cab of the semi. Abker said the report on the incident was not yet complete Sunday, and he did not have information about the driver’s name or the owner of the semi.

Abker said the incident happened in the parking lot at Salina West Travel Center, 2140 W. Crawford. He said the semi, which was hauling a load of wooden doors, had been parked at the travel center for about four hours before something in the engine ignited. He said he did not think the engine was running at the time.

Abker said he did not know if the driver who awoke the sleeping driver had been traveling with him or had been driving another semi parked nearby.

A second semi parked nearby was also damaged. Abker said that semi was carrying a load of grain, and the tarp covering the load was burned off.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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