Highway blocked: Destructive fire burnt vehicles
After a car carrier caught fire and was burnt into flames, destroyed most of the cargo of high end used vehicles. As the incident took place, a part of the Kutztown Bypass was blocked for about four hours of the day. All the facts were informed by the Berks-Lehigh Regional police. The accident destroyed almost seven cars and the trailer. The engineer was southbound on Route 222 en route to an auto auction in Manheim, Lancaster County, from Palisades Park, N.Y., with several Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs on the trailer.
The police of Berks-Lehigh Region gave an account of the total incident. According to them, the driver named Eddie Hernandez, of the age of 44, Haverstraw, N.Y., noticed that the was smoke coming from the rear left wheels about 1:40 a.m. He stopped the rig on the shoulder just north of the Crystal Cave exit in Maxatawny Township.
When the fire broke out, the driver tried hard to put off the fire flames with the help of the fire extinguisher. But all his efforts went into vain as the instead the fire spread to the cargo. When the first unit from Kutztown Fire Company arrived, the rig was already very much engulfed with the flames of the fire.
The volunteers who were present at the place of the destructive accident, helped as much as they can in order to survive from the destructive accident. In the later hours of the day at about 6am they went away, when the towing contactor removed the vehicles from the place and also dragged the rig. The road which was blocked for almost four hours was later reopened by the police at about 6am after an inspection by PennDOT personnel. The police had said that the cause of the destructive fire is still has not been determined.