ST. GEORGE — A West Coast Transportation semitruck’s brakes caught fire while heading southbound on North Bluff Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The truck driver, who was traveling from Enterprise, noticed the rear section of his truck was on fire and pulled over at 1285 N. Bluff St. He was able to extinguish the flames prior to St. George Fire and Police Department responders arriving on scene to cool the back tires and rear area with water hoses, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.
While the driver was able to extinguish the flames himself, Stoker said the brakes were still at a high 400 degrees when crews arrived. A typical semitruck carrying hay from Enterprise uses the truck brakes while descending the hills toward St. George rather than the engine brakes, Stoker said, which can cause smoking or flaming brakes.
“We’ve had a few trucks that have had brakes catch fire but a lot just have been smoking from riding the brakes down those hills,” he said.
The fire crew sprayed the back tires and rear of the truck for about 20 minutes before the truck driver was able to go on his way safely. In some cases like this, brake replacements or fixes are necessary for truck drivers coming through the city, Stoker said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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