Kelowna: Burning truck brings forestry crews to Highway 97

A semi-tractor trailer caught fire on Highway 97 near Peachland Monday

  • Jul. 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Police and forestry crews spent Monday afternoon snuffing flames and diverting traffic in Peachland as a burning semi-tractor trailer threatened to ignite the surrounding hill.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a 61-year-old truck driver from Delta advised that he was having trouble with his breaks as he descended the Brenda Mines hill eastbound, 12 kilometres from Peachland.

“He managed to pull the truck onto a chain off area where it then burst into flames,” said Const. Steve Holmes in a release issued Tuesday.

The flames continued to spread from the rear of the truck, engulfing the tractor and part of the trailer, despite efforts to calm the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

Due to the proximity of the fire to surrounding trees, forestry personnel were called in to prevent one disaster from becoming two. A water truck soaked the area to cool down the wreck and completely extinguish any hot spots when the initial fire subsided.

The tractor trailer unit is registered to a trucking company out of Manitoba.

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