Flaming car closes I-5 in Ore; driver OK
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Fire officials say a car that burst into flames on Interstate 5 south of Portland prompted a freeway shutdown in both directions while fire and police crews responded.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/mfg2Xk ) that the car's lone occupant was able to stop the Subaru Forester in the northbound right lane on Wednesday and get out just before the car caught fire. The newspaper says another motorist saw smoke coming from the car and frantically waved at the driver to pull over.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokesman Brian Barker says the car was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.
The car burned so hot that pavement beneath it was damaged. Oregon Transportation Department crews did a quick patch before the freeway reopened.
Southbound lanes reopened first, followed by northbound.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com