STOW — A fire destroyed a semi-truck cab, but did not cause injuries, on Route 8 at a little after midnight Tuesday, said Fire Capt. Mike Griffin.
Griffin said the fire department was called out to the highway’s southbound side on the Seasons Road bridge, just south of Seasons, at 12:06 a.m.
"Essentially, the truck driver was just driving down the road and he noticed he was getting smoke in the cab so he pulled over and tried to disconnect the tractor from the trailer, but the flames prevented him from doing that so he just got out of the area," said Griffin. "When we got there, the cab itself was on fire, the trailer was not ... we were able to get it put out pretty quick."
Griffin said the cab’s interior was destroyed, but the trailer was undamaged, which was fortunate since it was filled with plastic packaging material, which melts at high temperatures and could have dripped out. This could have resulted in contamination, including to the water in a retention pond below the bridge, said Griffin.
Griffin also noted that on the highway, there are no hydrants so firefighters are limited to the water they bring with them in their trucks.
It appeared the fire originated in an area where the truck’s electronics and battery are, said Griffin, but with the amount of damage it is impossible to pinpoint what happened, so the cause is officially undetermined.
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