Bearing overheats, truck catches fire near Tappan Lake
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio —
Crews responded to a vehicle fire on Monday morning in Harrison County.
Traffic was stopped on U.S. 250 in Harrison County near Tappan Lake due to a tractor trailer fire just after 7 a.m., as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Tappan Lake and Scio fire departments all responded to the scene.
OSHP says a bearing on the back of the truck overheated, causing the fire.
When the driver noticed the flames coming from the back of the trailer, he was able to pull over and get out of the vehicle.
These trucks are usually carrying oil-based mud, but this one was recently drained and cleaned.
“There was no product on the vehicle,” said Lt. Joe Fetty of the OSHP. “However, there was some residual on the inside of the tank, so two of the local fire departments -- Tappan and Scio -- had to come out to contain that. Aside from that, it was just a mechanical failure that burned the rear end of the trailer out.”
Since there is some severe damage to the back end of the truck, tow trucks are unable to move it.
OSHP was making arrangements with the company owner to bring in a flatbed to remove the vehicle.
The road has since re-opened.