A fire erupted from a diesel truck accident along the Interstate Highway 20 service road just before Farm-to-Market 429 on Monday morning.
Traffic along Interstate Highway 20 going eastbound was reduced to one-lane as emergency personnel responded to the blaze. Traffic was slowed to a crawl as onlookers witnessed the detached diesel trailer melting and burning from the intensity of the fire.
Chemicals that were burning in the blazing diesel trailer created a plume of black smoke that rose into the air slightly above the eastbound traffic.
Area emergency management officials and firefighters were called to the scene to help assist in putting the fire out and to see to it that those traveling by the scene would be protected from inhaling the fumes from the nearby fire.
Kaufman County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Howie said that the fire would have to burn itself out due to the chemicals that were within the trailer and that it would take at least three to five hours.
“There was isopropyl alcohol in there along with acetone and esters. The course of action for those particular chemicals is to allow them to burn themselves out. So that’s why everyone is standing by and containing it in this area,” said Howie. “The drive is okay. He was able to disengage the tractor and pull it away from the trailer. So right now all we got is the trailer.”
Howie said the cause of the accident has not yet been determined while on the scene but would be once the fire was under control.