By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
CAMP CREEK —
Northbound traffic was slowed on Interstate 77 Friday evening after a tractor-trailer caught fire near Camp Creek.
The incident was reported to Mercer County 911 at approximately 6:42 p.m. when passersby spotted smoke coming from a tractor-trailer stopped close to Exit 20 near Camp Creek. Smoke was showing from the vehicle’s cab.
Reporter Anne Elgin of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph came upon the scene and called the newsroom. Flames were showing by that time in front of the trailer.
“The whole front of the cab is on fire,” Elgin said while watching the blaze from the side of the highway. Two fire engines soon arrived at the scene.
The Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched. Firefighters soon had the blaze under control. Traffic was being flagged down near the Bluestone Travel Plaza, and northbound travel continued in one lane, Elgin said.
Trooper First Class M.S. Horton of the West Virginia State Police, Turnpike detachment later said there were no injuries.
Hazmat crews were on standby in case the tractor-trailer was hauling hazardous cargo, but the tractor-trailer’s load consisted of riding lawnmowers. The fire’s cause was not available Friday evening.
The Princeton Rescue Squad was also dispatched as a precaution.