Driver avoids injuries in highway tractor fire

On the afternoon of Monday, Oct.24, a Western Star Tractor Unit heading southbound, not hauling anything, became engulfed in flames on kilometre 40 of the Alaska Hwy.

According to the Fort Nelson RCMP, the driver, a 41 year old male from Terrace, had just picked the vehicle up from the mechanic, after it required extensive engine repairs. While driving, fuel began spilling out, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.


Luckily, the driver was able to get the vehicle off the road, as well as escape the burning tractor.

RCMP were called to the scene at approximately 12:15 p.m. and upon arrival, found the tractor completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle took a half-an-hour of being on fire before it was completely destroyed.

As a result of the fire, traffic was reduced to single lane, alternating traffic, with the purpose of keeping south bound cars away from the dangerous scene, which involved a heavy amount of black smoke.

Arrangements were set to be made to move the vehicle from the side of the highway, but reports indicate that it is still there.