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Semi carrying frozen pizzas catches fire, closes highway

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Wingate says the driver is fine after a semi carrying frozen pizzas caught fire Wednesday evening (April 10).

It happened around 7:00 pm on US-400 near mile post 353 in Wilson County.

Authorities say the driver heard something and pulled over to discover a fire. He got a fire extinguisher but realized it wasn't enough to put out the fire and called 911. When crews arrived on scene, the semi was fully engulfed. 

Jason Booth, with the Wilson County Rural Fire Department, was the first fire truck on scene. He says they had four grass rigs and two tankers from Wilson County and an engine from Fredonia Fire as mutual aid on scene. Booth says the wind didn't help matters. His dash cam caught an image of the semi fully engulfed.

Trooper Wingate says the cause of the fire is unknown. He says it started somewhere towards the rear of the truck and the front of the trailer.

The incident closed US-400 for several hours while the scene was cleaned. US Highway 400 was completely closed until around midnight.


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