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February 8, 2017

Press Release/ Vermont State Police/ Truck Fire/ 17A100617

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
       
CASE#: 17A100617
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew Leise                            
STATION: VSP Williston                    
CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111

DATE/TIME: February 8, 2017/ 1205 hours
LOCATION: Interstate 89, Exit 11 northbound off ramp at Route 2
INCIDENT: Truck Fire

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On February 8, 2017 at approximately 1205 hours VT State Police Williston Troopers responded to the report of a vehicle that fell off a

flatbed and was on fire at the Exit 11 Northbound off ramp in Richmond. Upon arrival, it was found that the truck did not fall off the flatbed as reported. While traveling north on I89 the flatbed driver saw smoke coming from a Chevy Silverado that he was towing at the rear of his flatbed. Upon seeing the smoke the flatbed driver exited the interstate at exit 11, disconnected the Chevy truck near the end of the exit 11 off ramp, and moved his flatbed away from it as was on fire. When Troopers arrived the Chevy truck was fully involved. The fire was subsequently extinguished by Williston and Richmond Fire Departments. A VT DMV inspector responded to the incident location to conduct an inspection on the flatbed which had been towing the Chevy truck. VSP Troopers were assisted at the scene by Richmond Police Department. The incident caused delays at the Exit 11 northbound off ramp as well as on VT Route 2 for approximately 20 minutes while the fire was extinguished.