Driver unharmed after semi-truck fire near Utah-Arizona border

ST. GEORGE, UT – St. George and Beaver Dam-Littlefield fire crews were called to a semi-trailer fire on I-15 before 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

The collision occurred a few miles close to the Utah-Arizona border, St. George News reported. When officials arrived at the scene, they found that the truck, which carried approximately 80,000 pounds of onions, was fully engulfed in flames. 

Fire crews did not say what contributed to the fire, but they did say the fire began anywhere between the tractor and the trailer.

The firefighters used several engines and a water tinder, a tool to transport water to a fire. The tank, which was filled with approximately 4,000 gallons of water, as well as additional water sources around the scene, was used to combat the flames and keep them from spreading to nearby land. 

The driver appeared to be unharmed and could escape the truck. He attempted to slow the spread of the flames by using a fire extinguisher. When his attempts failed, he called 911, officials said. 

After two hours, the fire was contained. The southbound lanes of I-15 (past St. George) closed for several hours before reopening at 2 a.m. 

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Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.