STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
TROOPER: Paul Dean
DATE/TIME: 9/2/16 at 12:17
LOCATION: RT 123 railroad bridge, Westminster
VIOLATION: Tractor trailer fire
OPERATOR: Joseph T. Walkins, Jr.
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Miramar, FL
VEHICLE: 2009 Freightliner tractor trailer
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 9/2/16 at 12:17 Vermont State Police, Walpole, NH Police, and Westminster
Fire responded to a report of a tractor trailer truck that was stuck under the
railroad bridge and on fire on RT 123 in Westminster. It was determined that the
operator, Joseph Walkins, Jr. was attempting to cross under the bridge when he
decided his 2009 Freightliner truck was too big to go under. Walkins backed the
truck unit up and was then flagged down by another motorist that told him his
truck was on fire. Walkins attempted to extinguish the fire but it re ignited
and became fully involved in flames. The cab and front part of the trailer were
completely burned up. There were no injuries. The contents of the trailer was
non hazardous. RT 123 and RT 5 were both closed for over an hour until the fire
was completely extinguished. Both roadways were partially closed for approx.
8 hours until the tractor trailer unit could be hauled away. The cause of the mechanical fire is still unknown at this time.
Corporal Paul Dean
1330 Westminster Heights Rd.
Putney, VT 05346