November 28, 2012
ODOT Public Affairs Region 1
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
A vehicle fire that fully engulfed and destroyed an Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response truck Wednesday morning on Interstate 205 southbound lanes near Oregon City is believed to have been accidental. The fire blocked the southbound lanes for about 30 minutes until firefighters got it under control, and all lanes were opened by 9:00 a.m. ODOT will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
On November 28, 2012 at approximately 6:30 a.m., an ODOT Incident Response vehicle arrived on scene to assist Oregon State Police (OSP) at a non-injury traffic crash that was partially blocking the southbound off ramp to Highway 213 (Park Place interchange). The ODOT vehicle was parked blocking one lane and its driver got out and walked up to where an OSP trooper was investigating the crash. While returning to the Incident Response vehicle, the ODOT employee saw it was on fire. The OSP trooper cleared the first crash scene and circled back around to stop north of the ODOT vehicle on fire and blocked the southbound lanes.
ODOT's Incident Response vehicles routinely carry flares and canisters of gasoline - used to assist stranded motorists - which contributed to the intensity of the fire.
Firefighters from Clackamas Fire District 1 and Gladstone Fire Department responded to the scene and had the fire under control about 7:00 a.m. allowing lanes to begin to re-open.
ODOT personnel remained at the scene and inspected the traffic lane where the vehicle fire occurred. The highway was not damaged and the driver was not injured.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office also assisted OSP, ODOT and fire personnel at the scene.