18 Wheeler Fire Closes 281 in Both Directions

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

A massive 18 wheeler fire forced the closure of both lanes of US 281 near Hildebrand for several hours today, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Joe Arrington says the big rig flipped over right on the Hildebrand Rd. bridge and then exploded in flames.

"Because of the  of the amount of fire and heat, it could affect the roadway and overhead sign," SAFD spokesman Joe Arrington said. "We're waiting for TxDOT to figure that out."

The driver was not hurt.  No word what caused the wreck.

"It appears to be some sort of plastics that were being carried by this 18 wheeler. You can imagine the amount of smoke and fire from that melting and burning, so it was very high temperatures."

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