Truck catches fire on I-70 near Vail; westbound shut down for hours

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VAIL, Colo. — A truck fire shut down westbound Interstate 70 in the Vail area on Friday night.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 181. The semitruck was carrying bales of used clothes.

Investigators said the clothing inside the trailer ignited when the brakes overheated.

Fire crews contained the fire in about 30 minutes, but it took several more hours to remove the cargo and extinguish the fire.

Flames did spread to some nearby vegetation, but crews kept everything contained to the one small area.

They also prevented the fire from spreading to the cab of the truck and fuel tanks.

One firefighter was hurt after slipping on ice. No one else was injured.

Westbound traffic was diverted at Copper Mountain until about 6 a.m. Saturday.

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