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INDOT Truck Fire Backs Up West Side Traffic

4/8/2013


I-465 & Sam Jones Expressway (Photo courtesy: RTV6)

A vehicle fire caused a long traffic backup on the west side of Indianapolis late Monday morning. 

An Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) truck, powered by natural gas, struck a mattress on Interstate 465 at Sam Jones Expressway near the Indianapolis International Airport. The mattress became lodged under the vehicle, broke a gas line, and started a fire. 

Arriving firefighters learned immediately from the INDOT driver that the truck was powered by natural gas. Division Chief Mike Pruitt of the Wayne Township Fire Department says that helped those firefighters to decide how to handle the situation.  But he said they would have exercised the same caution with a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle. 

The interstate's southbound lanes were closed for a while, but reopened after the fire was extinguished and the gas line capped.

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