October 26, 2014

Truck hits powerline; starts fire at intermodal

Black smoke spills onto U.S. 56 Highway at the intersection of Four Corners Road on Friday afternoon. No one was injured when a truck hit a powerline. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Black smoke spills onto U.S. 56 Highway at the intersection of Four Corners Road on Friday afternoon. No one was injured when a truck hit a power line. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Police and firefighters responded to a blaze near U.S. 56 Highway and Four Corners Road in Edgerton at approximately 4:15 p.m. on June 21.
Johnson County Fire fighters were on route from two different directions as the source of the blaze was just south of the railroad tracks adjacent to 56 Highway.
According to Jerry Holly, Johnson County Fire District No. 1 Battalion Chief, the source of thick, black smoke that briefly blanketed a pocket of the highway was a dumpster truck operated by a construction company.
Holly said the truck came into contact with a power line at the scene, which caused 10 of the truck’s 18 tires to smolder in flames.
As fire crews arrived, they were briefly thwarted by a train at the railroad crossing at 56 and Four Corners Road, but Holly said a second truck was also dispatched to the scene from 199th Street.
“About the time we got there, the arms were going up,” Holly said. The second truck was called off the scene.
The accident did shutter power at the site, and fire officials called before battling the fire, they called the power company to make sure the lines were dead.
There were no injuries.

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