Truck hauling hay burns on I-35W in north Fort Worth

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A truck hauling hay on Interstate 35W in far north Fort Worth caught fire and destroyed the vehicle Friday, officials said.

Fire Worth Fire Department investigators could not determine what started the blaze. There were no reports of injuries, but the northbound lanes of the highway near Golden Triangle Boulevard and Heritage Trace Parkway were shut down.

The truck driver told fire officials that he picked up a load of hay in Franklin and was headed to Aubrey when he looked out the window and saw smoke.

“By the time he pulled onto the shoulder of the freeway, the load of hay was heavily involved with fire,” said Fort Worth fire engineer Tim Hardeman, a department spokesman. “Some of the burning hay had fallen off the back of the truck before it came to a stop and caught fire to the grass alongside the freeway.”

To battle the fire, officials used 11 firefighting units, including four brush trucks that put out the grass fire. They also employed a special aircraft rescue/firefighting unit from Alliance Airport that carries larger amounts of water and foam as well as high capacity nozzles, Hardeman said.

Crews were at the site for about four hours and all had left by 12:16 p.m.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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