Burning shrimp truck closes interstate | VailDaily.com

Burning shrimp truck closes interstate

VAIL ” A truck carrying seafood caught on fire on Interstate 70 in East Vail on Saturday, closing westbound lanes for about 30 minutes.

The tractor-trailer was carrying about a half-million dollars’ worth of shrimp when it started burning at about 3:05 p.m. near the bottom of Vail Pass, said Vail Police Sgt. Dan Torgerson.

“No odor of roasting shrimp,” Torgerson said.

Vail firefighters put out the fire ” which had flames about 25 feet in height ” in about 10 minutes, Torgerson said.

“It was a big fire,” he said.

Residents reported the fire when they heard the loud bangs of the tires popping, Torgerson said. The fire was about a mile east of the East Vail interchange.

The driver was not hurt, Torgerson said. The fire was apparently caused by overheated brakes, he added.

Both lanes of the highway were reopen by about 4 p.m., Torgerson said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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