TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a hay truck fire closed northbound lanes of Interstate 205 south of Portland for hours and helped snarl the Tuesday evening commute on nearby Interstate 5.
Fire crews spent more than seven hours dousing the fire, which started shortly before noon Tuesday. State Police say driver Michael King of Lynden, Wash., pulled over when he saw smoke coming from behind the truck’s cab. The fire quickly spread to the single flatbed trailer of 900-pound hay bales he was hauling.
King was unhurt. State Police say he was driving for Hoksbergen Hay Co.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Cassandra Ulven tells The Oregonian that not only did crews have to shuttle water to the fire, they had to break open each densely bound bale and saturate the hay before they could haul it away.