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Hay Truck Fire Closes Northbound Lanes of Interstate 205 for Over 9 Hours
08/30/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Photograph links valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
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Interstate 205 northbound lanes between Interstate 5 and Stafford Road was closed for over 9 hours this afternoon while Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR) firefighters extinguished a hay truck fire that occurred earlier this morning. The linked photographs were taken about 3:00 p.m.  Questions regarding the fire suppression efforts should be directed to TVFR. Traffic-related questions should be directed to ODOT.
 
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Nigel Schnackenberg, on August 30, 2011 at approximately 11:20 a.m. a truck pulling a single flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales was northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 1 when driver MICHAEL R. KING, age 53, from Lynden, Washington noted smoke coming from behind the truck's cab. As the smoke and heat intensified, KING pulled partially onto the right shoulder and stopped as the fire quickly began to engulf the hay bales.
 
KING got out of the truck and wasn't injured. He is driving for Hoksbergen Hay Company.
 
Four TVFR engines were on scene working during the afternoon to completely extinguish the fire. The hay bales were knocked off the trailer onto the freeway lanes to help firefighters.