Semi-truck fire causes traffic delays on Hwy. 1 in Coquitlam
Published Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:23PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, June 1, 2018 9:10AM PDT
A large semi-truck caused heavy delays on Highway 1 in Coquitlam, B.C. Thursday evening.
The truck burst into flames shortly before 7 p.m. in the area of the King Edward Street overpass, near the Ikea.
Footage from CTV's Chopper 9 showed the truck's front end completely engulfed by flames as it sat in the shoulder of the westbound side of the highway.
Fire crews could be seen a short time later spraying the cab in an effort to get the fire under control.
The fire was extinguished by 8:15 p.m., but was still a distraction for those driving by. In addition, the two right lanes of the highway were blocked until the truck was towed away.
Drivers were warned to expect delays for hours, but all lanes were reopened shortly before 1 a.m.
Later in the evening, officials told CTV News the driver had noticed something was burning in the back, and was able to rush out without injury. The truck was carrying meat and cheese, both of which were burned in the blaze.