A four-door GMC pickup truck started on fire while traveling northbound on I-15 near mm 391 on Thursday, June 26, around noon. Two 55-gallon drums filled with weed killer exploded and sent one of the lids sailing about 50 feet. Crews also battled a three-acre grass fire.
According to Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton, the driver, Jeffrey Greenwell, was transporting two 55-gallon drums filled with weed killer. A car battery that was in the bed of the pickup made contact with one of the drums and shorted out,igniting the chemical.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said Greenwell saw the flames and pulled over on the shoulder. The two barrels exploded.
Fielding and Plymouth fire departments, as well as a bush truck from Washakie Renewable Energy responded. Barton said crews were able to contain the truck fire before it became completely engulfed, allowing the driver to salvage a few personal belongings. However, the truck is a total loss and estimated damage is about $40,000.
Crews had the truck and grass fires contained by 1:30 p.m. No one was injured. Northbound I-15 was temporarily shut down while the fire was extinguished and the one lane was opened after abou30 minutes.