Tractor trailer fire closes I-49 Bella Vista Bypass

As of 5:30 p.m. the trailer and load continue to burn on the west side of I-49 3 mile marker
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Bella Vista Bypass along I-49 near 3 mile marker. The remains of the 53-foot box trailer and thousands of pounds of cardboard it was hauling. See smoke to the left. Metro Towing are setting up to remove the trailer and debris from what remains of the load. August 29, 2022.

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday reports of tractor trailer fire on I-49 near 3 mile marker, the Bella Vista Bypass, alerted McDonald County E911.

McDonald County Deputies, Pineville Fire and White Rock Fire responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

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Screenshot of traffic during event. Google Maps.

We learn on scene as the trailer became fully involved, the driver unhooked and pulled forward to safety. 

As the trailer continues burning, the trailer disintegrated and the flaming load spread across both southbound lanes.

I-49 was completely halted. Pineville Marshals, Missouri State Highway Patrol and McDonald County Deputies diverted all southbound traffic to US-71 Jane, Mo./Bella Vista, Ark.

Metro Towing was summoned to remove the trailer and debris from the scene. The fire was still burning at 5:30 p.m. as a thunderstorm was rolling through the area. One lane is open to southbound traffic as of 4:20 p.m.

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