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Trailer brakes on fire, a fire extinguisher and the truck disappears!
A truck driver reports:
“One night I was driving north through the mountains of Colorado towards Pueblo, and it was my first time dealing with anything like the Rocky Mountains so I was taking it nice and slow with my hazards on making sure I was travelling in the right lane. It was during sprintime, and there wasn’t much snow on the ground aside from a light dusting.
I remember passing another truck pulled to the shoulder while on my way up, which, in itself was nothing out of the ordinary. However, as I was heading down the mountain, which can be a frightening experience in an 18-wheeler, I saw the same truck I had passed earlier FLY past me in the left hand lane.
Trailer brakes on fire!
Now being passed on the left going DOWNHILL in the ROCKY MOUNTAINS by another TRACTOR TRAILER is crazy enough, but what really makes this story is that this guy’s trailer brakes were on fire! He was pulling a load, I could tell because the trailer was sealed, and if you know anything about trucks you will know that there’s only so much braking you’re supposed to do before the brakes overheat and, worst case scenario, catch fire.
This guy’s truck looked like a comet as he sped down the mountain at what I thought was a surely to be deadly pace.
I grabbed the mic to the radio and called out to him, ‘Hey Driver! Your brakes are on fire! I mean literally on fire!’
After a few seconds of static, a rough and weathered sounding voice comes back over the speaker of my radio and says, cool as a cucumber, ‘I know.’
And then he disappeared around a curve.
I never saw any wrecked truck, emergency crews, or even heard a mention of an accident over the radio.
However, I did see a discarded fire extinguisher on the ground at the base of the mountain.”
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