A semi truck caught fire on the Trans-Canada Highway in Ladysmith on Tuesday morning.
The fire was caused by the truck’s engine power unit. The driver exited the truck after seeing smoke rise from the hood. He attempted to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher before calling 911.
There was no cargo in the vehicle, and nobody was injured.
The incident completely shut down northbound traffic near Rocky Creek Road, between Ladysmith and Oyster Bay. As of 11:25 am, traffic was backed up to the intersection of Trans Canada Highway and Ludlow Road in Ladysmith. Motorists are advised to use Rocky Creek Road as a detour until the road is reopened.
“We’ll reopen traffic as soon as we can. As soon as it’s stabilized and safe we’ll open up at least one lane,” deputy fire chief, Wayne Johnston said.
— Nanaimo Bulletin (@NanaimoBulletin) April 28, 2020
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— Cole Schisler (@SchislerCole) April 28, 2020