Trailer Being Hauled By Truck Catches Fire On I-95
A trailer being hauled by a vehicle caught fire early this morning while traveling on I-95 in Sidney, stopping traffic for about an hour.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the trailer, that was full of household items, burst into flames just before 7:00 this morning, along I-95 in Sidney. The driver of the truck that was hauling the trailer, 45-year-old Curt Hopkins of Pittsfield was alerted to the fire by another driver. He pulled his vehicle into the breakdown lane, near where they new Sidney-Waterville exit is being built, and detached the 14-foot long trailer.
Fire crews from Waterville and Sidney responded and doused the fire that shutdown both southbound lanes of the interstate for about an hour. No one was hurt in the fire but the trailer and all its contents were destroyed. Hopkins told authorities he was hauling the items to Florida for a client.
State Police Corporal Rick Moody said he suspects the fire may have started from a mechanical problem in the trailer's axle.