Large truck fire closes SR-142

SR-142, 1 mile west of Richmond, Utah

Thick black smoke and flames were visible for several miles after a construction truck caught fire on SR -142, a mile west of Richmond.

It took fire crews from Richmond and Smithfield Fire Departments about five minutes to douse the flames once they arrived on scene shortly after 12 p.m., April 17.

The vehicle, a Caterpillar 730 rock truck, is owned by Christensen Construction and Pipe out of Cove, Utah.

According to the truck’s owner, it was experiencing engine problems and was being towed by another vehicle into Richmond for repairs when it caught fire.

Sid Christensen was behind the wheel of the rock truck, his brother Taylor was driving the tow truck.

“It scared me,” according to Taylor Christensen. “My brother was in the truck and called me and said it was shaking really bad. As soon as we stopped and opened the door, there were flames coming from under the cab,” he said. “We got the fire extinguisher and sprayed on it, but it was too late.”

After the flames were extinguished, not much was left of the truck other than the metal frame. Unfortunately, Christensen said they didn’t have insurance on the vehicle.

Sr-142 was closed for a short time and traffic was re-routed. There were no injuries.

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