Firefighters spent more than five hours at the scene

Temperatures were in the 20s and then teens as firefighters fought a truck fire Wednesday night into Thursday along I-75 in Campbell County.

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The trailer of an 18-wheeler caught fire Wednesday night on I-75 in Campbell County. The Caryville Volunteer Fire Department responded and was soon assisted by firefighters from the Jacksboro and La Follette Fire Departments along with the Campbell County Rural Fire Service.

The 8:45pm fire occurred at Mile Marker 139 on the northbound side of the interstate. That’s almost to the 141 Exit.

A lot of man power was needed to fight this mid-week big rig fire.

The shoulder and right lane were blocked and traffic was slowed as a result. Firefighters fought the fire in an area just before the three lane section of interstate narrows down to two lanes.

The trailer was a total loss. However, the tractor was saved by being able to detach from the trailer and move away.

Firefighters spent more than five hours at the scene.

Crews did not clear the scene until 2am Thursday. Caryville Police, the Campbell County EMA, TDOT and Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded.

TDOT crews laid down a lot of salt from where the water had frozen to eliminate the black ice.

There were no injuries.

About a half-hour after this event, there was another 18-wheeler accident. On old Highway 63, at Red Ash, a big rig went off the bridge. No one was injured. Campbell County EMA and the THP responded. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/18/2024-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF CVFD CHIEF EDDIE HATMAKER)