Trailer on 18 wheeler burns, tire explodes - - Jackson, MS

Trailer on 18 wheeler burns, tire explodes

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MORTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's something you don't see every day, the trailer of an 18-wheeler covered in flames on the interstate. It happened Thursday morning on Interstate 20 near Morton  around 9. We saw first hand what intense heat can do. 

The driver, from Oklahoma, says he saw the tire smoking and pulled over. Within minutes he says flames were shooting from the tires and trailer. 

"He walked back to call in to the company that he had a flat and looked back and it was blazing," said Morton Police chief Nicky Crapps. "He then attempted to unlock the tractor from the trailer and two people came by and helped him. If it hadn't been for that the tractor probably would have caught fire too. A flat tire caused all this mess you see here behind me."

"I seen the smoke started getting bigger and within less than 5 minutes it went up in smoke," said driver Paul Mayfield.

The trailer and everything inside were destroyed by the fire. The truck was hauling 16,800 pounds of tightly packed plastic.

Heavy equipment was brought in to help remove the charred trailer. It took about two hours to clear the area.

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