Semi carrying watermelons catches fire on I-5

Crews clean up the remains of burned watermelons after a semi-truck carrying them caught fire Monday along Interstate 5 northbound near Conway. Kera Wanielista / Skagit Valley Herald

No one was injured when a semi-truck caught fire just on Interstate 5 just south of Conway Monday morning, but the same can’t be said for its juicy load.

A State Patrol trooper pulled over the semi-truck carrying watermelons about 5:20 a.m. because she spotted sparks flying from near the rear axle, Trooper Mark Francis said. The semi stopped and shortly after caught on fire, presumably caused by the truck’s brakes, he said.

The fire was extinguished, but because of the damage the truck was not towed until its load was cleared. Crews had the right lane of I-5 northbound in the area closed until about 10:30 a.m. while they scooped up charred remains of watermelons and the vehicle with a backhoe. The debris was loaded into a garbage truck.

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