Friday, January 18, 2013

Commercial Vehicle Fire East Of Boise Closes Interstate 84

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 01/18/2013 at 11:30 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On January 18, 2013, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Idaho State police investigated a vehicle fire involving a three-axle tractor trailer, carrying approximately 1500 gallons of diesel fuel. Robert L. Browning, 54, of Boise, ID. was driving east on Interstate 84 at milepost 68, east of Boise, ID. Browning experienced a mechanical problem with the truck. The truck caught on fire, and Browning was able to manuever the vehicle to the left-hand shoulder of the interstate. The vehicle and fuel became fully engulfed in flames.

Boise Fire Department and the Boise Hazardous Materials Team recommended closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 at Exit 59 (Eisenman Rd.) for the safety of the public. Vehicles caught between the closure at Exit 59 and the incident at milepost 68 were given the option of using the emergency crossover at milepost 67 to return westbound.

The Interstate was completely blocked for approximately three hours. There was partial lane blockage for approximately 6.5 hours. All lanes are now completely open.