Truck Catches Fire on STL Highway
Oct. 30, 2002
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BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (AP) _ A FedEx Corp. tractor-trailer crashed and burst into flames Tuesday after the driver swerved to avoid a car that cut into his path, authorities said.
The tractor-trailer was reduced to a burned-out shell, but no one was hurt in the crash along Interstate 270 near St. Louis.
The tractor-trailer clipped a guardrail and another protective barrier, rupturing a fuel tank that ignited, said Cpl. Jon Parrish of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Authorities were searching for the car that entered the rig's path, Parrish said.
Debris and packages were strewn over a long stretch of I-270 near the crash scene, and traffic was backed up for miles in both directions.