Tractor Trailer Fire Closes Roadway

A tractor trailer caught fire Wednesday while traveling through eastern Johnston County.  The semi was hauling a load of North Carolina grown squash to Bakersfield, California when the driver said the truck caught fire at the intersection of Baker’s Chapel Road and Woodard Road in the Brogden community.

No injuries were reported, however the intense flames burned an electrical line causing a power outage in the immediate area.  Duke Energy crews have responded to replace the line.

The Brogden Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department, Pine Level Fire Department and Selma Fire Department responded. Firefighters had to spray foam on the burning semi to bring the blaze under control.

Officials said the squash will have to be off-loaded before the damaged truck and trailer can be towed away.  The NC DOT has responded due to damage to the pavement.

The rural intersection is expected to remain closed through at least 7:00pm this evening.

The NC Highway Patrol is investigating. There was no immediate known cause of the fire.