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Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of an emergency call between Dilley and Millett on Friday evening, September 24, to find that an 18-wheel refrigerated freight truck was fast becoming engulfed by fire.
The vehicle had been traveling south on IH-35 with a cargo of frozen turkeys, according to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, when its driver made an emergency stop.
Members of the Dilley Volunteer Fire Department and the La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS were dispatched to fight the blaze while southbound traffic on the interstate was halted and diverted. Also attending with La Salle County deputies were troopers of the Texas Highway Patrol.
Preliminary reports from the scene indicated that the fire spread quickly through the cargo of turkeys after the freight truck had come to a halt on the roadside shoulder near Milemarker 81.
“Thankfully, no one was hurt in this incident and no other vehicles were damaged,” La Salle County Sheriff’s Captain Juan Mireles said of the fire. “It appeared to have been a mechanical failure that caused the truck to burn. The issue was the many thousands of pounds of turkey that were fueling the fire.”
With one side of the cargo trailer destroyed, burning turkeys were spread across the roadside median, where dry grasses were immediately ignited. Firefighters worked to contain the blaze and prevent a wildfire from spreading further along the highwayside median or crossing to the open brush country west of the interstate.
Accident site clean-up required removal of the spilled, burned and partially cooked cargo, and transport of the remains of the freight truck.
The incident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.