Created: 08/07/2014 6:40 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
SHEEP SPRINGS, NM— Johnny Watson was sleeping when his partner woke him up. His partner drove their big rig north on Highway 491 toward Salt Lake.
“He said get up the trailer is on fire,” said Watson. “We were headed to Salt Lake,”
Around 7:30 Thursday morning, one wheel of on trailer they were pulling caught fire.
“Dry bearings on wheels and axles and stuff,” Said Watson.
That sent the whole trailer up in flames.
San Juan County's Deputy Fire Chief tells us the trailer was carrying flammable adhesive and 25 propane cylinders. Because of the threat of toxic fumes, everything within two miles of the fire was evacuated for a few hours.
The Hazardous Materials weren’t the only problem for firefighters.
“It’s very remote out here, we have one rural volunteer fire department that was able to respond, but obviously limited personnel during the day and then our next level response was over an hour out,” said Deputy Chief Craig Daugherty.
With a little help from McKinley county fire, the flames were put out, the evacuation was lifted, and traffic is now moving on 491.
But for this veteran truck driver, it’s just another day on the road.
“I have been doing it for 31 years, it don't bother me,” said Watson.