According to Rural Metro Fire, several people called 911 just before 5:30 a.m. regarding a burning semi on I-5 near milepost 73.
When firefighters arrived, they found the attached tractor fully engulfed in flames. The driver told responders he’d lost power as he climbed Smith Hill. The driver, and a sleeping passenger, were able to escape the flames.
Fire crews were able to put out the flames quickly, saving the trailer and the truck’s cargo- nearly a million dollars in Nordstrom clothing headed for Portland.