Truck Carrying Watermelon Spills Cargo, Ignites
MCDOWELL COUNTY, NC - Last week, a grisly scene greeted onlookers when, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 30, a tractor trailer carrying watermelons caught fire. More than 200 charred and crushed melons littered the road.
According to a report from The McDowell News, the incident took place just after 4:00 a.m. when the truck—headed westbound along I-40 near the 70 mile marker—blew out its right rear tire. The shredded treads wrapped round the car's wheel assembly and caught fire, igniting the trailer and scattering its cargo.
Emergency units and law enforcement units responded shortly after, and various agencies were on the scene for the ensuing four hours working on clearing the road and cleaning up bright red carnage scattered along the roadside.
No injuries were reported, thankfully, though the scene looked like a veritable melon massacre.
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